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Benton, Kentucky - Basic Facts

The City of Benton is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Marshall County at latitude 36.852 and longitude -88.3584. Marshall County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 427 feet.

The formal official name is the City of Benton, but most people and references simply refer to it as Benton, Kentucky.

The P1 Census Class Code for Benton indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The formal boundaries for the City of Benton (see map below) encompass a land area of 4.26 sq. miles and a water area of 0.05 sq. miles.

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Benton, KY Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 4,420
Population in Households 4,177
Population in Familes 3,371
Population in Group Qrtrs 243
Population Density1 1,055
Diversity Index2 9


Total Households 1,839
Average Household Size 2.27
Family Households 1,192
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,069 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,251 (60.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 588 (28.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 230 (11.1%)
Median Home Value $125,899
Average Home Value $153,357


Median Household Income $38,192
Average Household Income $49,234
Per Capita Income $20,588
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.38% 0.07%
Households 0.39% 0.04%
Families 0.77% -0.12%
Median Household Income   2.71%
Per Capita Income   1.59%
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, KY - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Benton to the other 524 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Kentucky by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 94 82nd
Population Density1 # 241 54th
Diversity Index2 # 366 30th
Median Household Income # 268 49th
Per Capita Income # 254 52nd

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Kentucky Census Data Comparison Tool.