Benson is situated along several trade routes: Interstate 10, State Route 80, State Route 90 and the main line of the Union Pacific Railroad.
Arizona Electric Power Cooperative, Inc., Apache Nitrogen Products, Benson Schools and the Benson Hospital are the area’s major employers. In addition to retail chain stores, there are several unique specialty shops found on the main 4th street that offers a variety of goods. Many residents, however, commute to Tucson and Sierra Vista for employment and shopping.
The city supports a large retired population and is a winter refuge for visitors from colder climates. It’s nearby historic and scenic sites are increasingly popular with tourists.