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Benton, Illinois - Basic Facts

The City of Benton had a population of 6,972 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Benton is located at latitude 38.0128 and longitude -88.9171 in Franklin County. The formal boundaries for the City of Benton (see map below) encompass a land area of 5.48 sq. miles and a water area of 0.18 sq. miles. Franklin County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 472 feet.

The City of Benton (GNIS ID: 2394140) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Benton is located within Township of Benton, a minor civil division (MCD) of Franklin County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Benton population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Benton, IL Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 6,972
Population in Households 6,721
Population in Familes 5,158
Population in Group Qrtrs 251
Population Density1 1,273
Diversity Index2 11


Total Households 2,986
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 1,791
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 3,458 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,954 (56.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,032 (29.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 472 (13.6%)
Median Home Value $71,305
Average Home Value $90,323


Median Household Income $35,203
Average Household Income $48,796
Per Capita Income $21,126
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.26% -0.26%
Households -0.28% -0.24%
Families 0.18% -0.38%
Median Household Income   0.33%
Per Capita Income   1.39%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Benton, IL - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Benton to the other 1,368 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Illinois by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 287 79th
Population Density1 # 596 57th
Diversity Index2 # 770 44th
Median Household Income # 1280 7th
Per Capita Income # 1139 17th

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