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

4,499

Population
Growth Rate

0.17%

Median Age

43

Diversity Index

12.100

Housing & Income

Households

1,874

Total Housing Units

2,140


Owner Occupied

1,291

Renter Occupied

583

Vacant

266

Median Home Value

$128,590


Average Home Value

$152,791

Income
Growth Rate

Median
Household Income

0.16%


Per Capita Income

1.04%

Income Projection

Median Household

$55,981 $57,511


Average Household

$69,033 $72,618


Per Capita

$28,492 $30,007

Workforce

Total Businesses

314

Total Employed

3,037

Workers 16+

1,817

2020 Finance/Insurance Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

26

Employed

589

2020 HealthCare/Social Assist

cp-industries

Businesses

26

Employed

564

2020 Retail Trade Businesses

cp-industries

Businesses

65

Employed

474

2020 Central Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn

cp-industries

Businesses

12

Employed

473

2020 Accommodation/Food Service

cp-industries

Businesses

20

Employed

300

2020 Food Service/Drinking Estab

cp-industries

Businesses

19

Employed

297

Some
High School

91

Graduated
High School

752

Associates
Degree

260

Bachelor's
Degree

368

Graduate
Degree

545

Average Commute Time

0 min.



Resident Commuters

1,236

Non-Resident Commuters

570

Drive Alone

1,663

Carpooled

130

Public

0

Work At Home

24


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