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Benton is a township in Lake County, in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet metro area. [NOTE: This is not the only community in Illinois named Benton. For links to other places called Benton, IL, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Benton is 42.463N. The longitude is -87.843W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 666 feet.
The population, at the time of the 2000 census, was 17,413.
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21% of Benton residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Benton ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Benton was $23,742, compared with $21,587 nationally.
17% of Benton residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Benton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $617. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $1,294.
Lake County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Benton political report.
The average commute time for Benton workers is 29 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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