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

Population2000201020202025
Benton4,1624,4204,4994,516

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Population by Age

Population201020202025
0-4274246235
5-9273266255
10-14232264284
15-19263247259
20-24232224241
25-29266294233
30-34293266285
35-39324284266
40-44254287279
45-49264326292
50-54277263313
55-59236260254
60-64274271263
65-69238225271
70-74197241215
75-79199191217
80-84155153166
85+169190184
18+3,4823,5733,578
Median Age414344

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Population by Race

Benton2020
Total4,499.000
White Alone96.440
Black Alone0.380
American Indian Alone0.130
Asian Alone0.820
Pacific Islander Alone0.000
Some Other Race0.980
Two or More Races1.240
Hispanic Origin2.850
Diversity Index12.100

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Growth Rate

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

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Housing
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Households

Population2000201020202025
Households1,7381,8431,8741,882
Housing Units1,8972,0672,1402,172
Owner Occupied Units1,2911,298
Renter Occupied Units583584
Vacant Units266290

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Home Value

Benton20202025
Median Home Value$128,590$133,839
Average Home Value$152,791$159,392
<$50,000128112
$50,000 - $99,999302281
$100,000 - $149,999376379
$150,000 - $199,999198208
$200,000 - $249,999139150
$250,000 - $299,9996473
$300,000 - $399,9995969
$400,000 - $499,9991619
$500,000 - $749,99911
$1,000,000 +00

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Housing Year Built

Year RangeHouses Built
2010 or Later165
2000-2009148
1990-1999267
1980-1989220
1970-1979433
1960-1969361
1950-1959325
1940-194956
1939 or Before26

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Income
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Income

Benton20202025
Median Household$55,981$57,511
Average Household$69,033$72,618
Per Capita$28,492$30,007

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Household Income Base

Benton2020
<$15,000258
$15,000 - $24,999184
$25,000 - $34,999268
$35,000 - $49,999137
$50,000 - $74,999288
$75,000 - $99,999261
$100,000 - $149,999342
$150,000 - $199,999107
$200,000+29

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Employees
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Commute

CategoryCommuters
Workers 16+1,817
In-County Residents1,236
Out-of-County Residents570
Drive Alone1,663
Carpooled130
Public Transport0
Work at Home24
Less than 5 minutes138
5-9 minutes472
10-14 minutes235
15-19 minutes144
20-24 minutes289
25-29 minutes51
30-34 minutes213
35-39 minutes47
40-44 minutes92
45-59 minutes57
60-89 minutes0
90+ minutes55
Average Travel Time0

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Employees by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Employees3,037
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt0
Mining0
Utilities39
Construction48
Manufacturing26
Wholesale Trade0
  
Retail Trade474
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers109
Furn & Home Furnish Str6
Electronics & Appl Store10
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip33
Food & Beverage Stores68
Health/Pers Care Stores48
Gasoline Stations2
Clothing/Accessory Store27
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music6
General Merchandise Str142
Misc Store Retailers23
Nonstore Retailers0
  
Transportation/Warehouse0
Information33
  
Finance & Insurance589
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn473
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv8
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other108
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing120
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv97
Legal Services31
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises114
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt8
Educational Services128
HealthCare/Social Assist564
Arts/Entertainment/Rec19
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs300
Accommodation3
Food Srv/Drinking Places297
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin191
Auto Repair/Maintenance32
Public Administration Emp279

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

Educational Attainment (25+)

Benton2020
Some High School91
Graduated High School752
Associates Degree260
Bachelor's Degree368
Graduate Degree545

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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Businesses
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Businesses by NAICS

CategoryNumber
Total Businesses314
Agr/Forestry/Fish/Hunt Bus0
Mining Bus0
Utilities Bus4
Construction Bus9
Manufacturing Bus4
Wholesale Trade Bus0
  
Retail Trade Bus65
Motor Veh/Parts Dealers Bus11
Furn & Home Furnish Str Bus2
Electronics & Appl Store Bus2
Bldg Matl/Garden Equip Bus7
Food & Beverage Stores Bus6
Health/Pers Care Stores Bus7
Gasoline Stations Bus1
Clothing/Accessory Store Bus6
Sports/Hobby/Book/Music Bus2
General Merchandise Str Bus8
Misc Store Retailers Bus11
Nonstore Retailers Bus2
  
Transportation/Warehouse Bus0
Information Bus9
  
Finance & Insurance Bus26
Cntrl Bank/Crdt Intrmdtn Bus12
Sec/Cmdty Cntrct/Oth Inv Bus4
Insur/Funds/Trusts/Other Bus10
  
Real Estate/Rent/Leasing Bus20
Prof/Scientific/Tech Srv Bus21
Legal Services Bus6
Mgmt of Comp/Enterprises Bus2
Admin/Support/Waste Mgmt Bus4
Educational Services Bus5
HealthCare/Social Assist Bus26
Arts/Entertainment/Rec Bus3
  
Accommodation/Food Srvcs Bus20
Accommodation Bus1
Food Srv/Drinking Places Bus19
  
Other Srv excl Pub Admin Bus47
Auto Repair/Maintenance Bus10
Public Administration Bus35

Source: ESRI, 2020-09-02

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