Benton, Arkansas

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Benton, Arkansas
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Saline County Courthouse, located in the heart of downtown Benton.
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Location in Saline County and the state of Arkansas
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Benton, Arkansas
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 34°34′15″N92°34′37″W / 34.57083°N 92.57694°W / 34.57083; -92.57694 Coordinates: 34°34′15″N92°34′37″W / 34.57083°N 92.57694°W / 34.57083; -92.57694
Country Flag of the United States.svg  United States
State Flag of Arkansas.svg  Arkansas
County Saline
Government
  Type Mayor-Council
   Mayor David Mattingly. Tom Farmer (mayor elect)
   City Council Frank Baptist
Kerry Murphy
Charles Cunningham
Joe Lee Richards
Bill Donnor
Jerry Ponder
Brad Moore
James Herzfeld
Steve Lee
Lori Terrell
Area
[1]
  Total22.90 sq mi (59.31 km2)
  Land22.37 sq mi (57.93 km2)
  Water0.54 sq mi (1.39 km2)
Elevation
407 ft (124 m)
Population
  Total30,681
  Estimate 
(2017) [2]
35,789
  Density1,600.15/sq mi (617.82/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
72015, 72018-19, 72158
Area code(s) 501
FIPS code 05-05290 [3]
GNIS feature ID0046394 [4]
Website www.bentonar.org

Benton is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Arkansas, United States and a suburb of Little Rock. It was established in 1837. [5] As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 30,681. In 2017 the population was estimated at 35,789. [6] It is part of the Little RockNorth Little RockConway Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city of Benton, first settled in 1833 and named after Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton, was formally chartered in 1836 when Arkansas became a state. [7]

A county seat is an administrative center, seat of government, or capital city of a county or civil parish. The term is used in Canada, China, Romania, Taiwan and the United States. County towns have a similar function in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland, and historically in Jamaica.

Saline County, Arkansas County in the United States

Saline County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 107,118. at the 2010 census. Its county seat and largest city is Benton. Saline County was formed on November 2, 1835, and named for the salt water (brine) springs in the area, however, it is pronounced "suh-LEAN" instead of the typical pronunciation, "SAY-lean". Until November 2014, it was an alcohol prohibition or dry county.

Arkansas State of the United States of America

Arkansas is a state in the southern region of the United States, home to over 3 million people as of 2018. Its name is of Siouan derivation from the language of the Osage denoting their related kin, the Quapaw Indians. The state's diverse geography ranges from the mountainous regions of the Ozark and the Ouachita Mountains, which make up the U.S. Interior Highlands, to the densely forested land in the south known as the Arkansas Timberlands, to the eastern lowlands along the Mississippi River and the Arkansas Delta.

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Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.4 square miles (48 km2), of which 17.9 square miles (46 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (2.71%) is water.

United States Census Bureau bureau of the United States responsible for the census and related statistics

The United States Census Bureau is a principal agency of the U.S. Federal Statistical System, responsible for producing data about the American people and economy. The Census Bureau is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce and its director is appointed by the President of the United States.

"The Bauxite Mines" (1942) by Julius Woeltz, originally displayed in the U.S. Post Office in Benton and now located in the Saline County Courthouse Mural-Post-Office-Benton-Arkansas.jpg
"The Bauxite Mines" (1942) by Julius Woeltz, originally displayed in the U.S. Post Office in Benton and now located in the Saline County Courthouse

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1880 452
1890 64743.1%
1900 1,02558.4%
1910 1,70866.6%
1920 2,93371.7%
1930 3,44517.5%
1940 3,5021.7%
1950 6,27779.2%
1960 10,39965.7%
1970 16,49958.7%
1980 17,7177.4%
1990 18,1772.6%
2000 21,90620.5%
2010 30,68140.1%
Est. 201735,789 [2] 16.6%
U.S. Decennial Census [8]

As of the census [3] of 2000, there were 21,906 people, 8,713 households, and 6,186 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,221.2 people per square mile (471.5/km²). There were 9,315 housing units at an average density of 519.3 per square mile (200.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.81% White, 4.46% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. 1.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Census Acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population

A census is the procedure of systematically acquiring and recording information about the members of a given population. The term is used mostly in connection with national population and housing censuses; other common censuses include agriculture, business, and traffic censuses. The United Nations defines the essential features of population and housing censuses as "individual enumeration, universality within a defined territory, simultaneity and defined periodicity", and recommends that population censuses be taken at least every 10 years. United Nations recommendations also cover census topics to be collected, official definitions, classifications and other useful information to co-ordinate international practice.

Population density A measurement of population numbers per unit area or volume

Population density is a measurement of population per unit area or unit volume; it is a quantity of type number density. It is frequently applied to living organisms, and most of the time to humans. It is a key geographical term. In simple terms population density refers to the number of people living in an area per kilometer square.

There were 8,713 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.

Marriage social union or legal contract between people called spouses that creates kinship

Marriage, also called matrimony or wedlock, is a socially or ritually recognised union between spouses that establishes rights and obligations between those spouses, as well as between them and any resulting biological or adopted children and affinity. The definition of marriage varies around the world not only between cultures and between religions, but also throughout the history of any given culture and religion, evolving to both expand and constrict in who and what is encompassed, but typically it is principally an institution in which interpersonal relationships, usually sexual, are acknowledged or sanctioned. In some cultures, marriage is recommended or considered to be compulsory before pursuing any sexual activity. When defined broadly, marriage is considered a cultural universal. A marriage ceremony is known as a wedding.

In the city, the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $41,503, and the median income for a family was $51,064. Males had a median income of $32,493 versus $22,386 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,797. About 5.8% of families and 8.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.

Per capita income mean income of the people in an economic unit such as a country or city

Per capita income (PCI) or average income measures the average income earned per person in a given area in a specified year. It is calculated by dividing the area's total income by its total population.

Education

Public education for early childhood, elementary and secondary students is provided by:

Benton School District is a public school district based in Benton, Arkansas, United States. The school district encompasses 112.22 square miles (290.6 km2) of land, including portions of Saline County and Garland County serving communities such as Benton, Salem CDP, Malvern, Lonsdale, Bauxite, and Hot Springs National Park.

Benton High School (Arkansas)

Benton High School is a public high school located in Benton, Saline County, Arkansas. Benton High School is a member of the Benton School District.

Harmony Grove School District (HGSD) is a public school district based in southwestern Benton, Arkansas, United States. HGSD enrollment averages more than 1,200 students attending the four schools located on one 26 acres (11 ha) campus providing early childhood, elementary and secondary education that make up the district. The school district encompasses all or portions of Benton, Traskwood and Haskell.

Notable people

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Benton has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps. [10]

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