Community Profiles

The small town of Benton, KY, known as Kentucky Lake's Downtown, lies in the far western part of the Bluegrass state in Marshall County. Benton’s geographical location is the center of the county in a nest of hills just south and west of Clarks River. The quaint town was founded in 1842 by John Bearden and Francis H. Clayton, but named for Senator Thomas Benton of Missouri. Benton was then incorporated in 1845. The approximate population of Benton as of 2010 was 4,349.

Benton’s government consists of a Mayor and six council members. Meetings are held the third Monday of each month at 5:00 P.M. at Benton City Hall. Anyone is welcome to attend these meetings.

Tater Day has been a Benton tradition since 1842, when local potato seedlings were distributed to boost local agriculture. It developed into a festive Trade Day and celebration on the first Monday in April, and is today regarded as the oldest continuously celebrated day of its kind in the nation. The current events of Tater Day begin Saturday with a carnival, a demolition derby, and a flea market. Throughout the weekend hosts a beauty pageant, gospel singing, pancake breakfast, and lots, lots more. It has been recorded that over 100,000 people pass through Benton in the three day event. The parade is on Monday, with over 100 entries each year. Anyone from the Shriner’s clowns to the John Deere Tractor Club strolls down Main Street as parade participants. All local businesses and banks close for the big event on Monday. The town is transformed into a haven for traders, dealers, and shoppers. Tater Day can even be searched on the internet!

Benton’s other “big day” is Big Singing Day. It is held the fourth Sunday in May at the Marshall County Courthouse.

The benefits of living in a small town, such as Benton, are the closeness of neighbors, the friendly strangers, and the relaxation lifestyle.

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Benton

Population

Total Population

4,437

Population
Growth Rate

0.04%

Median Age

42

Diversity Index

11.300

Housing & Income

Households

1,824

Total Housing Units

2,084


Owner Occupied

1,216

Renter Occupied

608

Vacant

260

Median Home Value

$127,647


Average Home Value

$149,013

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

-0.08%


Per Capita Income

0.95%

Income Projection

Median Household

$40,769 $41,465


Average Household

$60,737 $64,040


Per Capita

$25,719 $26,967

Workforce

Total Businesses

321

Total Employed

3,074

Workers 16+

1,606

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

1

Employed

2

Mining

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Utilities

Businesses

4

Employed

36

Construction

Businesses

9

Employed

67

Manufacturing

Businesses

3

Employed

13

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

2

Employed

4

Some
High School

131

Graduated
High School

877

Associates
Degree

250

Bachelor's
Degree

376

Graduate
Degree

330

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

1,093

Non-Resident Commuters

481

Drive Alone

1,360

Carpooled

154

Public

0

Work At Home

64


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