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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Population
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Population

Population2000201020182023
Benton4,1624,4214,4374,468

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-19

Population by Age

Population201020182023
0-4278249241
5-9279262258
10-14235262278
15-19262232257
20-24233237227
25-29263284242
30-34296270278
35-39330286271
40-44257291284
45-49267297294
50-54275257290
55-59234265248
60-64271252270
65-69231242254
70-74196230228
75-79194187208
80-84154154160
85+166180178
18+3,4713,5273,535
Median Age414243

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-19

Population by Race

Benton2018
Total4,437.000
White Alone96.390
Black Alone0.880
American Indian Alone0.140
Asian Alone0.630
Pacific Islander Alone0.000
Some Other Race0.810
Two or More Races1.150
Hispanic Origin2.340
Diversity Index11.300

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-19

Growth Rate

Benton2010 - 20142014 - 2019
Population0%0%
Households0%0%
Families0%0%
Median Household Income%0%
Per Capita Income%1%

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-19

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020182023
Households1,7311,8361,8241,831
Housing Units1,8912,0602,0842,108
Owner Occupied Units1,2161,236
Renter Occupied Units608594
Vacant Units260277

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-19

Home Value

Benton20182023
Median Home Value$127,647$136,275
Average Home Value$149,013$156,311
<$50,000168153
$50,000 - $99,999299280
$100,000 - $149,999255255
$150,000 - $199,999220242
$200,000 - $249,999129141
$250,000 - $299,9994751
$300,000 - $399,9996478
$400,000 - $499,99988
$500,000 - $749,9992628
$1,000,000 +00

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-19

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later64
2000-2009191
1990-1999302
1980-1989104
1970-1979388
1960-1969565
1950-1959327
1940-194955
1939 or Before33

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-19

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Income
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Income

Benton20182023
Median Household$40,769$41,465
Average Household$60,737$64,040
Per Capita$25,719$26,967

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-19

Household Income Base

Benton2018
<$15,000366
$15,000 - $24,999225
$25,000 - $34,999202
$35,000 - $49,999257
$50,000 - $74,999224
$75,000 - $99,999253
$100,000 - $149,999194
$150,000 - $199,99948
$200,000+55

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-19

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+1,606
In-County Residents1,093
Out-of-County Residents481
Drive Alone1,360
Carpooled154
Public Transport0
Work at Home64
Less than 5 minutes124
5-9 minutes367
10-14 minutes233
15-19 minutes104
20-24 minutes204
25-29 minutes135
30-34 minutes158
35-39 minutes106
40-44 minutes39
45-59 minutes37
60-89 minutes0
90+ minutes35
Average Travel Time0

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-19

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-19

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees3,074
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt2
Mining0
Utilities36
Construction67
Manufacturing13
Wholesale Trade4
  
Retail Trade882
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers115
Furn & Home Furnish Str6
Electronics & Appl Store18
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip171
Food & Beverage Stores68
Health/Pers Care Stores48
Gasoline Stations6
Clothing/Accessory Store20
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music11
General Merchandise Str124
Misc Store Retailers295
Nonstore Retailers0
  
Transportation/Warehouse4
Information24
  
Finance & Insurance217
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn113
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv8
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other96
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing117
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv94
Legal Services33
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises110
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt4
Educational Services114
HealthCare/Social Assist516
Arts/Entertainment/Rec7
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs290
Accommodation3
Food Srv/Drinking Places287
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin199
Auto Repair/Maintenance44
Public Administration Emp370

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-19

Educational Attainment (25+)

Benton2018
Some High School131
Graduated High School877
Associates Degree250
Bachelor's Degree376
Graduate Degree330

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-19

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses321
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus1
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus4
Construction Bus9
Manufacturing Bus3
Wholesale Trade Bus2
  
Retail Trade Bus70
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus11
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus2
Electronics & Appl Store Bus5
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus9
Food & Beverage Stores Bus7
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus7
Gasoline Stations Bus2
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus5
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus3
General Merchandise Str Bus6
Misc Store Retailers Bus13
Nonstore Retailers Bus0
  
Transportation/Warehouse Bus1
Information Bus5
  
Finance & Insurance Bus26
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus9
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus4
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus13
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus18
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus21
Legal Services Bus7
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus1
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus2
Educational Services Bus4
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus28
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus2
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus19
Accommodation Bus1
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus18
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus48
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus10
Public Administration Bus46

Source: ESRI, 2018-11-19

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