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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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Population
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Population

Population2000201020192024
Benton4,1624,4204,4894,501

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

Population by Age

Population201020192024
0-4274249238
5-9273264259
10-14232263282
15-19263240258
20-24232230234
25-29266294238
30-34293270286
35-39324288268
40-44254287283
45-49264310291
50-54277258301
55-59236265249
60-64274266269
65-69238234266
70-74197242221
75-79199192215
80-84155155164
85+169184182
18+3,4823,5713,568
Median Age414343

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

Population by Race

Benton2019
Total4,489.000
White Alone96.730
Black Alone0.380
American Indian Alone0.130
Asian Alone0.670
Pacific Islander Alone0.000
Some Other Race0.940
Two or More Races1.160
Hispanic Origin2.700
Diversity Index11.300

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

Growth Rate

Benton2010 - 20142014 - 2019
Population0%0%
Households0%0%
Families0%0%
Median Household Income%3%
Per Capita Income%2%

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020192024
Households1,7381,8431,8601,865
Housing Units1,8972,0672,1182,147
Owner Occupied Units1,2601,279
Renter Occupied Units599586
Vacant Units258282

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

Home Value

Benton20192024
Median Home Value$132,512$137,440
Average Home Value$152,736$159,539
<$50,000117103
$50,000 - $99,999243222
$100,000 - $149,999416420
$150,000 - $199,999166179
$200,000 - $249,999156168
$250,000 - $299,9997583
$300,000 - $399,9997792
$400,000 - $499,99989
$500,000 - $749,99911
$1,000,000 +00

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later97
2000-2009154
1990-1999290
1980-1989152
1970-1979470
1960-1969534
1950-1959286
1940-194964
1939 or Before46

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

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Income
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Income

Benton20192024
Median Household$44,076$49,945
Average Household$61,391$66,644
Per Capita$25,233$27,347

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

Household Income Base

Benton2019
<$15,000269
$15,000 - $24,999213
$25,000 - $34,999329
$35,000 - $49,999179
$50,000 - $74,999249
$75,000 - $99,999251
$100,000 - $149,999288
$150,000 - $199,99960
$200,000+23

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+1,795
In-County Residents1,192
Out-of-County Residents591
Drive Alone1,626
Carpooled145
Public Transport0
Work at Home24
Less than 5 minutes139
5-9 minutes453
10-14 minutes224
15-19 minutes91
20-24 minutes312
25-29 minutes112
30-34 minutes249
35-39 minutes60
40-44 minutes52
45-59 minutes42
60-89 minutes0
90+ minutes37
Average Travel Time0

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees3,040
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt2
Mining0
Utilities39
Construction68
Manufacturing27
Wholesale Trade2
  
Retail Trade896
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers107
Furn & Home Furnish Str6
Electronics & Appl Store10
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip171
Food & Beverage Stores68
Health/Pers Care Stores48
Gasoline Stations6
Clothing/Accessory Store26
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music21
General Merchandise Str136
Misc Store Retailers297
Nonstore Retailers0
  
Transportation/Warehouse0
Information29
  
Finance & Insurance231
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn117
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv10
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other104
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing132
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv92
Legal Services31
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises110
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt6
Educational Services114
HealthCare/Social Assist483
Arts/Entertainment/Rec23
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs300
Accommodation3
Food Srv/Drinking Places297
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin191
Auto Repair/Maintenance31
Public Administration Emp287

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

Educational Attainment (25+)

Benton2019
Some High School90
Graduated High School814
Associates Degree249
Bachelor's Degree418
Graduate Degree444

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses324
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus1
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus4
Construction Bus10
Manufacturing Bus4
Wholesale Trade Bus1
  
Retail Trade Bus69
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus10
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus2
Electronics & Appl Store Bus2
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus9
Food & Beverage Stores Bus7
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus7
Gasoline Stations Bus2
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus6
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus4
General Merchandise Str Bus7
Misc Store Retailers Bus13
Nonstore Retailers Bus0
  
Transportation/Warehouse Bus0
Information Bus8
  
Finance & Insurance Bus25
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus11
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus5
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus9
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus23
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus20
Legal Services Bus6
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus1
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus3
Educational Services Bus4
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus26
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus5
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus20
Accommodation Bus1
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus19
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus50
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus11
Public Administration Bus35

Source: ESRI, 2019-08-30

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