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Benton is a city in Saline County, in the Little Rock metro area.

It is the county seat.

The community was named for Sen. Thomas Hart Benton of MO

The latitude of Benton is 34.564N. The longitude is -92.586W.

It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 407 feet.

The estimated population, in 2003, was 23,749.


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Median household income
Local
$41,503
National
$41,994
Source: 2000 census, U.S. Census Bureau
For more census details and comparisons, see our Benton demographic reports
Benton is near the Saline River
Actor Jerry Van Dyke purchased a city block here in 1997 and opened a soda shop and candy store. "I love small towns," he told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, "but they're becoming all the same. Everybody goes to the same fast-food restaurants, the same stores"
Crime: The number of violent crimes recorded by the FBI in 2003 was 105. The number of murders and homicides was 1. The violent crime rate was 4.5 per 1,000 people.
Local festivals include:
  • Old Fashioned Day - Oct. 13, 2007
Dates often change. Check Benton web sites and events links in the sections below.
Nearby parks & recreation: Ozark National Forest
Historic sites and museums: Gann Museum
Support for libraries: Local government funding for the local library system, in fiscal years 2001-2002, was below the national average. (See library links below.)

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Sections below provide additional information and links about Benton demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Saline County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, Little Rock area jobs, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 72002 ZIP code.

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Ancestry & family history

13% of Benton residents report German ancestry, and 14% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Benton ancestry & family history guide.

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Economy

At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Benton was $19,797, compared with $21,587 nationally.

Education

19% of Benton residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.

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Benton festival dates:

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Housing & real estate

Median rent in Benton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $386.   Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $828.


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Libraries in Benton include Saline County Library ... View libraries

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Newspapers in Benton include Benton Courier

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Politics

Saline County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Benton political report.

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Traffic

The average commute time for Benton workers is 23 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.

A total of 9 fatal motor vehicle accidents occurred in Benton between 2001 and 2003, according to reports gathered by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

This is a rate of 4.1 fatal crashes per 10,000 population, which was slightly higher than the national norm.

Travel

Hotels in Benton include Best Inn Benton Little Rock Airport, Best Western Inn, Days Inn, Ramada Inn.

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