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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

4,489

Population
Growth Rate

0.17%

Median Age

43

Diversity Index

11.300

Housing & Income

Households

1,860

Total Housing Units

2,118


Owner Occupied

1,260

Renter Occupied

599

Vacant

258

Median Home Value

$132,512


Average Home Value

$152,736

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.10%


Per Capita Income

1.62%

Income Projection

Median Household

$44,076 $49,945


Average Household

$61,391 $66,644


Per Capita

$25,233 $27,347

Workforce

Total Businesses

324

Total Employed

3,040

Workers 16+

1,795

AG/Forestry/Fish/Hunting

Businesses

1

Employed

2

Mining

Businesses

0

Employed

0

Utilities

Businesses

4

Employed

39

Construction

Businesses

10

Employed

68

Manufacturing

Businesses

4

Employed

27

Wholesale Trade

Businesses

1

Employed

2

Some
High School

90

Graduated
High School

814

Associates
Degree

249

Bachelor's
Degree

418

Graduate
Degree

444

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

1,192

Non-Resident Commuters

591

Drive Alone

1,626

Carpooled

145

Public

0

Work At Home

24


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