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Benton is a city in Franklin County.
It is the county seat. [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 37.996N. The longitude is -88.92W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 472 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 6,817.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Benton demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Franklin County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 62897 ZIP code.
19% of Benton residents report German ancestry, and 15% 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 $15,787, compared with $21,587 nationally.
13% 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 $287. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $675.
Libraries in Benton include Benton Public Library ... View libraries
Newspapers in Benton include Benton Evening News
Franklin 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 20 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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