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Population in 2012: 7,070 (95% urban, 5% rural). Population change since 2000: +2.8%
 

Males: 3,335  (47.2%)
Females: 3,735  (52.8%)

Median resident age:  41.5 years
Illinois median age:  39.6 years

Zip codes: 62812, 62897.

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Estimated median household income in 2012: $28,943 (it was $27,177 in 2000)
Benton:

$28,943
IL:

$55,137
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $18,747

Benton city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $55,347 (it was $46,600 in 2000)
Benton:

$55,347
IL:

$170,600
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $73,726; Detached houses: $68,652; Townhouses or other attached units: $89,708; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $1,564,671; Mobile homes: $32,225; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $21,905

Median gross rent in 2012: $534.

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  • White alone - 6,887 (94.5%)
  • Hispanic - 206 (2.8%)
  • Two or more races - 110 (1.5%)
  • Black alone - 33 (0.5%)
  • Asian alone - 24 (0.3%)
  • Other race alone - 16 (0.2%)
  • American Indian alone - 8 (0.1%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Benton: 77.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: German (22.4%), English (15.2%), Irish (12.1%), United States (10.6%), Italian (3.4%), French (2.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 04/14/1875

Elevation: 470 feet

Land area: 5.35 square miles.

Population density: 1,322 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Benton:

  • High school or higher: 83.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 14.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.8%
  • Unemployed: 10.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.3 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Benton city:

  • Never married: 25.4%
  • Now married: 38.8%
  • Separated: 3.1%
  • Widowed: 12.6%
  • Divorced: 20.1%

58 residents are foreign born

This city:  0.8%
Illinois:  13.9%



According to our research of Illinois and other state lists there were 23 registered sex offenders living in Benton, Illinois as of July 30, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Benton to the number of sex offenders is 307 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,230 (1.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $879 (1.6%)

Benton satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Evansville, IN (74.5 miles , pop. 121,582).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: St. Louis, MO (83.9 miles , pop. 348,189).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (273.3 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: West City, IL (1.2 miles ), Hanaford, IL (2.3 miles) , Buckner, IL (2.4 miles ), Orient, IL (2.6 miles ), Ewing, IL (2.6 miles ), Valier, IL (2.6 miles ), West Frankfort, IL (2.7 miles ), Christopher, IL (2.8 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 12 buildings, average cost: $100,000
  • 1998: 10 buildings, average cost: $64,400
  • 1999: 11 buildings, average cost: $64,400
  • 2000: 6 buildings, average cost: $170,000
  • 2001: 6 buildings, average cost: $170,000
  • 2002: 6 buildings, average cost: $170,000
  • 2003: 10 buildings, average cost: $38,100
  • 2004: 6 buildings, average cost: $79,800
  • 2005: 6 buildings, average cost: $73,400
  • 2006: 9 buildings, average cost: $66,400
  • 2007: 12 buildings, average cost: $56,200
  • 2008: 9 buildings, average cost: $56,200
  • 2009: 7 buildings, average cost: $56,200
  • 2010: 6 buildings, average cost: $56,200
  • 2011: 5 buildings, average cost: $56,200
  • 2012: 5 buildings, average cost: $56,200

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


Latitude: 38.00 N, Longitude: 88.92 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +848 (+11.6%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,306 (44.9%)

Area code: 618

Benton household income distribution Benton home values distribution


 

Crime rates in Benton by Year
Type 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012
Murders 0000000000000
per 100,000 0.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.00.0
Rapes 2433445682011
per 100,000 29.158.143.643.858.757.972.286.3115.428.70.014.114.1
Robberies 12661143444582
per 100,000 14.529.187.287.614.714.557.743.257.757.5658.3112.528.2
Assaults 382620202029484152116105
per 100,000 552.3377.9290.7292.1293.4420.0692.6589.8749.91667.414.60.070.4
Burglaries 94726868816286727269775564
per 100,000 1366.31046.5988.4993.11188.2898.01241.01035.71038.4991.81126.4773.8901.2
Thefts 171154102102137232240275211206244178190
per 100,000 2485.52238.41482.61489.72009.73360.43463.23955.73043.02961.03569.32504.22675.3
Auto thefts 3112222182313898696
per 100,000 43.6159.9319.8321.3264.0333.1187.6115.1129.8115.087.8126.684.5
Arson 0011011210000
per 100,000 0.00.014.514.60.014.514.428.814.40.00.00.00.0
City-data.com crime rate (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 301.1) 332.3302.5269.8271.1291.0354.1448.2434.3458.5563.5423.6206.8208.0

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City-data.com crime rate counts serious crimes more heavily. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

Crime rate in Benton detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2012, including police officers: 11 (10 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

1.41
Illinois average:

2.76

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Benton, Illinois accommodation, waste management, arts - Economy and Business Data

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

12.9%
Illinois:

9.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

Historical population

Historical housing units


Population change in the 1990s: -361 (-5.0%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (16%)
  • Manufacturing (14%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (7%)
  • Educational services (6%)
  • Health care and social assistance (36%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Finance and insurance (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (8%)
  • Manufacturing (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (7%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)

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Tornado activity:

Benton-area historical tornado activity is above Illinois state average. It is 164% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 12/18/1957, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 14.4 miles away from the Benton city center killed one person and injured 6 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 12/18/1957, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 10.3 miles away from the city center killed 11 people and injured 200 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Benton-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Illinois state average. It is 39% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 64.0 miles away from the city center
On 6/10/1987 at 23:48:54, a magnitude 5.1 (4.9 MB, 4.4 MS, 4.6 MS, 5.1 LG) earthquake occurred 79.5 miles away from Benton center
On 6/18/2002 at 17:37:15, a magnitude 5.0 (4.3 MB, 4.6 MW, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 61.9 miles away from the city center
On 9/26/1990 at 13:18:51, a magnitude 5.0 (4.7 MB, 4.8 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 7.7 mi) earthquake occurred 67.1 miles away from the city center
On 4/18/2008 at 15:14:16, a magnitude 4.8 (4.5 MB, 4.8 MW, 4.6 MW, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 66.6 miles away from Benton center
On 4/3/1974 at 23:05:02, a magnitude 4.7 (4.5 MB, 4.7 LG) earthquake occurred 60.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Franklin County (7) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 5
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 5, Tornadoes: 3, Hurricane: 1, Snow: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Benton topographic map

Birthplace of: Billy Grammer - Musician, Lin Bolen - Television producer, Noble Threewitt - Horse trainer, William L. Hungate - Politician, Tommy Johnagin - Stand-up comedian.


Hospitals/medical centers in Benton:

  • DAVITA - BENTON DIALYSIS (Dialysis Facility, 1151 ROUTE 14 WEST)
  • FRANKLIN HOSPITAL (Critical Access Hospitals,Government - Hospital District or Authority, provides emergency services, 201 BAILEY LANE)
  • BENTON REHAB AND HCC (Nursing Home, 1409 NORTH MAIN STREET, PO BOX 847)
  • HELIA HEALTHCARE OF BENTON (Nursing Home, 1310 MARK FRANKLIN LOUIS STREET)
  • OLD - FRANKLIN HOSPITAL (SNF) (Nursing Home, 201 BAILEY LANE)
  • STONEBRIDGE SENIOR LIVING CENTER (Nursing Home, 902 SOUTH MCLEANSBORO)

Political contributions by individuals in Benton, IL

Airports and heliports located in Benton:


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Amtrak station near Benton:

  • 18 miles: DU QUOIN (20 N. CHESTNUT ST.) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public payphones, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Benton:

  • John A Logan College (about 21 miles; Carterville, IL; Full-time enrollment: 2,443)
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale (about 27 miles; Carbondale, IL; FT enrollment: 16,261)
  • Kaskaskia College (about 42 miles; Centralia, IL; FT enrollment: 2,425)
  • Southeast Missouri State University (about 59 miles; Cape Girardeau, MO; FT enrollment: 7,475)
  • Southwestern Illinois College (about 66 miles; Belleville, IL; FT enrollment: 5,638)
  • West Kentucky Community and Technical College (about 68 miles; Paducah, KY; FT enrollment: 2,353)
  • University of Southern Indiana (about 68 miles; Evansville, IN; FT enrollment: 8,149)

Public high school in Benton:

Public elementary/middle schools in Benton:

See full list of schools located in Benton, map of school districts: BENTON COMMUNITY CONSOLIDATED SCHOOL DISTRICT47, BENTON CONSOLIDATED HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT 103

Library in Benton:

  • BENTON PUBLIC LIBRARY DISTRICT (Operating income: $324,731; Location: 502 SOUTH MAIN STREET; 36,885 books; 1,569 e-books; 892 audio materials; 872 video materials; 2 local licensed databases; 16 state licensed databases; 3 other licensed databases; 65 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable locations in Benton: Lake Benton Camp (A), Airport Industrial Park (B), United Jewish Community Center (C), Benton Public Library (D), Benton Civic Center (E), Franklin County Courthouse (F), Benton Ambulance Service (G), Mercy Regional Health System (H), Benton Fire Department (I), Benton Township Gymnasium (J), Franklin County Jail (K). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Benton include: Church of Christ (A), Church of God (B), First Apostolic Church (C), North Benton Missionary Baptist Church (D), First Church of Christ Scientist (E), First Free Will Baptist Church (F), Immanuel Baptist Church (G), Westminister Presbyterian Church (H), Benton Christian Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Memorial Park Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Reservoirs: Lake Benton (A), Lake Hamilton (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Benton: Benton City Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attraction: Franklin County Tourism Bureau (Museums; 209 West Main Street).

Hotels: Days Inn of Benton (711 West Main Street), Days Inn Benton IL (711 West Main Street), Benton Motel (407 North Main Street).

Courts: Second Circuit Court SVCS (411 East Main Street), United States Government - U S Bankruptcy Court (301 West Main Street), Courts-Federal - Bankruptcy Court- Clerk's Office Information (301 West Main Street), United States Government - U S District Offices- Court Reporter (301 West Main Street), Courts-Federal - District Court- Clerk's Office Information (301 West Main Street).

 
Franklin County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Air pollution and air quality trends
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Air Quality Index (AQI)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 34.0. This is about average.
City:

34.0
U.S.:

32.0
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 10.1. This is about average. Closest monitor was 16.8 miles away from the city center.
City:

10.1
U.S.:

9.6

Drinking water stations with addresses in Benton and their reported violations in the past:

BENTON (Population served: 8351, Purch_surface_water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2002, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (NOV-26-2002), St Violation/Reminder Notice (NOV-26-2002)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 23.6%
(23.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 50.0% for other race residents, 73.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This city:  2.2 people
Illinois:  2.6 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  58.3%
Whole state:  65.8%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  5.9%
Whole state:  6.3%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.2% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Benton, IL

People in group quarters in Benton in 2010:

  • 278 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 52 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 23 people in correctional facilities intended for juveniles
235 people in nursing homes in 2000
56 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups) in 2000

Benton compared to Illinois state average:

Benton, Illinois environmental map by EPA

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  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.


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Banks with branches in Benton (2011 data):

  • Bank of America, National Association: Benton Branch at 400 Public Square, branch established on 1937/08/02. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation
  • U.S. Bank National Association: Benton Branch at 701 Public Square, branch established on 1976/02/16. Info updated 2012/01/30: Bank assets: $330,470.8 mil, Deposits: $236,091.5 mil, headquarters in Cincinnati, OH, positive income, 3121 total offices, Holding Company: U.S. Bancorp
  • MidCountry Bank: Benton Branch at 605 W Main St, branch established on 1968/11/01. Info updated 2011/07/21: Bank assets: $674.7 mil, Deposits: $534.7 mil, headquarters in Marion, IL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 23 total offices
  • State Bank of Whittington: State Bank Of Whittington at 200 North Main Street, branch established on 1919/08/05. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $109.4 mil, Deposits: $99.6 mil, local headquarters, positive income, 4 total offices, Holding Company: Whittington Bancorp, Inc.
  • Peoples National Bank , N.A.: Benton Branch at 208 Public Square, branch established on 2007/09/24. Info updated 2006/12/14: Bank assets: $883.7 mil, Deposits: $803.4 mil, headquarters in Mount Vernon, IL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 19 total offices, Holding Company: Market Street Bancshares, Inc.

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Benton, Illinois:

  • Super 8 Benton/West City, 711 W Main St (#B), Benton, IL 62812 , Phone: (618) 438-8205, Fax: (618) 435-4184
  • Days Inn Benton/West City, 711 W Main St (#a), Benton, IL 62812 , Phone: (618) 439-3183, Fax: (618) 435-4183
All 2 fire-safe hotels and motels in Benton, Illinois

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Benton travel time to work - commute


Benton mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Utility gas (56%)
  • Electricity (42%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (1%)
  • Other fuel (1%)

Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Benton city (based on Franklin County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 60.53%
Here60.5%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionChristian Churches and Churches of ChristCatholic ChurchChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)United Methodist Church
Adherents50.9%9.7%6.4%6.0%5.9%
Congregations35.3%9.2%5.0%5.9%10.9%
NameAmerican Baptist Churches in the USANational Association of Free Will BaptistsChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)Church of the NazareneOther
Adherents5.1%2.6%2.5%2.0%8.8%
Congregations4.2%5.0%0.8%2.5%21.0%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
Franklin County:

1.52 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

2.24 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.25 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.08 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Franklin County:

0.51 / 10,000 pop.
Illinois:

0.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 22
Franklin County:

5.58 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.61 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 26
Here:

6.60 / 10,000 pop.
State:

6.86 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.5%
Illinois:

8.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Franklin County:

27.2%
Illinois:

25.2%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

14.4%
State:

14.5%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 4$7,772$23,3160$0
Other Government Administration 6$10,598$21,1960$0
Judicial and Legal 1$1,832$21,9840$0
Police Protection - Officers 9$28,686$38,2480$0
Police - Other 1$3,602$43,2249$4,552
Firefighters 6$24,550$49,1000$0
Streets and Highways 7$19,198$32,9110$0
Sewerage 3$12,078$48,3120$0
Water Supply 9$25,042$33,3890$0
Totals for Government 46$133,358$34,7899$4,552

Benton government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Construction - Central Staff Services: $281,000 ($39.75)
    Water Utilities: $78,000 ($11.03)
  • Current Operations - Water Utilities: $779,000 ($110.18)
    Police Protection: $726,000 ($102.69)
    Regular Highways: $671,000 ($94.91)
    Sewerage: $529,000 ($74.82)
    General - Other: $438,000 ($61.95)
    Fire Protection: $438,000 ($61.95)
    Air Transportation: $302,000 ($42.72)
    Financial Administration: $145,000 ($20.51)
    Solid Waste Management: $140,000 ($19.80)
    Parks & Recreation: $57,000 ($8.06)
    General Public Buildings: $46,000 ($6.51)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $42,000 ($5.94)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $41,000 ($5.80)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Cash & Deposits: $759,000 ($107.36)
    Securities - Corporate Bonds (market): $572,000 ($80.91)
    Benefit Payments: $248,000 ($35.08)
    Withdrawals: $25,000 ($3.54)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $82,000 ($11.60)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Sewerage: $318,000 ($44.98)
    Regular Highways: $141,000 ($19.94)
    Water Utilities: $100,000 ($14.14)
    Housing & Community Development: $39,000 ($5.52)
    Police Protection: $25,000 ($3.54)
    Central Staff: $21,000 ($2.97)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,739,000 ($245.97)

Benton government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $751,000 ($106.22)
    Solid Waste Management: $228,000 ($32.25)
    Parks & Recreation: $39,000 ($5.52)
    All Other: $27,000 ($3.82)
    Housing & Community Development: $0 ($0.00)
  • Employee Retirement - Interest Revenue: $143,000 ($20.23)
    From Local Government: $133,000 ($18.81)
    Local Employee Contribution: $45,000 ($6.36)
    From Other Government: $11,000 ($1.56)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $247,000 ($34.94)
    Water Utilities: $224,000 ($31.68)
    General Support: $61,000 ($8.63)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $232,000 ($32.81)
    Interest Earnings: $81,000 ($11.46)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $908,000 ($128.43)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $1,262,000 ($178.50)
    Highways: $424,000 ($59.97)
    All Other: $137,000 ($19.38)
  • Tax - Public Utilities: $475,000 ($67.19)
    Property: $419,000 ($59.26)
    NEC: $54,000 ($7.64)

Benton government finances - Debt in 2002 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $1,355,000 ($191.65)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $1,158,000 ($163.79)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $197,000 ($27.86)

Benton government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $6,000 ($0.85)
  • Employee Retirement - Total Federal Securities: $1,601,000 ($226.45)
    Total Other Securities: $736,000 ($104.10)
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $3,353,000 ($474.26)

5.34% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($27,524 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.34%
Illinois average:

5.66%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Williamson County, IL  1.22% ($29,200 average AGI)
from Jackson County, IL  0.34% ($22,367)
from Perry County, IL  0.29% ($19,476)


5.24% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($28,619 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.24%
Illinois average:

5.99%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Williamson County, IL  1.39% ($30,598 average AGI)
to Jackson County, IL  0.39% ($20,607)
to Jefferson County, IL  0.29% ($27,643)

Strongest AM radio stations in Benton:

  • WDDD (810 AM; 10 kW; JOHNSTON CITY, IL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WGGH (1150 AM; 5 kW; MARION, IL)
  • WFRX (1300 AM; 1 kW; WEST FRANKFORT, IL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WMIX (940 AM; 5 kW; MOUNT VERNON, IL; Owner: WITHERS BROADCASTING CO OF ILLINOIS)
  • KXEN (1010 AM; 50 kW; FESTUS-ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: BDJ RADIO ENTERPRISES, LLC)
  • KMOX (1120 AM; 50 kW; ST. LOUIS, MO; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WILY (1210 AM; daytime; 10 kW; CENTRALIA, IL; Owner: W. RUSSELL WITHERS, JR.)
  • WMCL (1060 AM; 3 kW; MCLEANSBORO, IL; Owner: DANA COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION)
  • WSDZ (1260 AM; 20 kW; BELLEVILLE, IL)
  • WJPF (1340 AM; 1 kW; HERRIN, IL; Owner: ZRG OF ILLINOIS, INC.)
  • WSM (650 AM; 50 kW; NASHVILLE, TN; Owner: GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY)
  • WHAS (840 AM; 50 kW; LOUISVILLE, KY; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • KZIM (960 AM; 5 kW; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: ZIMMER RADIO OF MID-MISSOURI, INC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Benton:

  • WXLT (103.5 FM; CHRISTOPHER, IL; Owner: ZRG OF ILLINOIS, INC.)
  • WQRL (106.3 FM; BENTON, IL; Owner: DANA COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • WCIL-FM (101.5 FM; CARBONDALE, IL; Owner: LYLE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WISH-FM (98.9 FM; GALATIA, IL; Owner: GALATIA FM JOINT VENTURE)
  • WDDD-FM (107.3 FM; MARION, IL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WVZA (92.7 FM; HERRIN, IL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WQUL (97.7 FM; WEST FRANKFORT, IL; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WAWJ (90.1 FM; MARION, IL; Owner: AMERICAN FAMILY ASSOCIATION)
  • WOOZ-FM (99.9 FM; HARRISBURG, IL; Owner: ZIMMER COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WDQN-FM (95.9 FM; DUQUOIN, IL; Owner: THREE ANGELS BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WBMV (89.7 FM; MOUNT VERNON, IL; Owner: ILLINOIS BIBLE INSTITUTE, INC)
  • WIBV (102.1 FM; MOUNT VERNON, IL; Owner: BENJAMIN STRATEMEYER)
  • WUEZ (95.1 FM; CARTERVILLE, IL; Owner: ZRG OF ILLINOIS, INC.)
  • WVSI (88.9 FM; MT. VERNON, IL; Owner: THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY)
  • WBVN (104.5 FM; CARRIER MILLS, IL; Owner: KENNETH W. AND JANE A. ANDERSON)

TV broadcast stations around Benton:

  • W15BU (Channel 17; JOHNSTON CITY, IL; Owner: THREE ANGELS BROADCASTING NETWORK)
  • WSIU-TV (Channel 8; CARBONDALE, IL; Owner: BOARD OF TRUSTEES SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY)
  • WSIL-TV (Channel 3; HARRISBURG, IL; Owner: WSIL-TV, INC.)
  • WDKA (Channel 49; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: WDKA ACQUISITION CORPORATION)
  • KFVS-TV (Channel 12; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
  • KBSI (Channel 23; CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO; Owner: KBSI LICENSEE L.P.)
  • WPSD-TV (Channel 6; PADUCAH, KY; Owner: WPSD-TV, LLC)

Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2011 (per 100,000 population)

Benton, Illinois:
  • Fatal accident count: 18
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 26
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 6
  • Fatalities: 18
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 36
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 1
Illinois average:
  • Fatal accident count: 118
  • Vehicles involved in fatal accidents: 179
  • Fatal accidents caused by drunken drivers: 40
  • Fatalities: 127
  • Persons involved in fatal accidents: 312
  • Pedestrians involved in fatal accidents: 20

See more detailed statistics of Benton fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2011 here


National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 9
Total length: 32 meters (105ft)
Total costs: $250,000
Total average daily traffic: 39,325
Total average daily truck traffic: 12,584

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Benton)

FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

68 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)

FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Benton, IL)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

17 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

14 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)

FCC Registered Paging Towers:

1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)

FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers:

2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

80 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Benton)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

4
  • Aircraft: RAVEN S55A (Category: Land, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 60 mph), Engine: None
    N-Number: 1199R , Serial Number: S55A-304, Year manufactured: 1976, Airworthiness Date: 11/05/1976
    Registrant (Corporation): S I Ballooney Toones Inc, Po Box 161, Benton, IL 62812
  • Aircraft: PIPER PA-28-181 (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 105 mph), Engine: LYCOMING O&VO-360 SER (180 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 3007B , Serial Number: 28-7990134, Year manufactured: 1978, Airworthiness Date: 10/13/1978
    Registrant (Corporation): Franklin County Flying Club Inc, C/O Ronny L Hubbard / 1002 Dial St, Benton, IL 62812
  • Aircraft: POWRACHUTE PC 2000 (Category: Land, Seats: 2, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds), Engine: ROTAX 582DCDI-99 (65 HP) (2 Cycle)
    N-Number: 3541V , Serial Number: A204POW, Year manufactured: 2001, Airworthiness Date: 01/09/2008
    Registrant (Individual): Wayne L King, 1209 E Main St, Benton, IL 62812
  • Aircraft: SIAI-MARCHETTI S.205/22R (Category: Land, Seats: 4, Weight: Up to 12,499 Pounds, Speed: 225 mph), Engine: FRANKLIN 6V 350 SERIES (235 HP) (Reciprocating)
    N-Number: 972WA , Serial Number: 381, Year manufactured: 1967, Airworthiness Date: 09/21/1967
    Registrant (Partnership): James F Mezo, Po Box 220, Benton, IL 62812, Other Owners: John C Prior


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 23
  • Hazardous Condition: 7

Incident types - Benton


See full 2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Benton, IL
Businesses in Benton, IL
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1Hardee's1
Applebee's1KFC1
Arby's1Pizza Hut1
AutoZone1RadioShack1
CVS1T-Mobile1
Curves1Taco Bell1
Dairy Queen1True Value1
Days Inn2U-Haul2
Domino's Pizza1UPS2
FedEx1Walmart1
H&R Block1

Benton on our top lists:

  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Mathematical science occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #11 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females working in industry: Religious, grantmaking, civic, professional, and similar organizations (population 5,000+)"
  • #16 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: Service occupations: (population 5,000+)"
  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most White Non-Hispanic residents (pop 5,000+)"
  • #25 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Pharmacies and drug stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #34 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: Secondary school teachers (population 5,000+)"
  • #37 on the list of "Top 100 least racially diverse cities (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #38 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males working in industry: Department and other general merchandise stores (population 5,000+)"
  • #60 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in nursing homes (population 5,000+)"
  • #75 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest city-data.com crime index per police officer in 2005-2006"
  • #96 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest city-data.com crime index increase from 2000-2002 average to 2006"
  • #98 on the list of "Top 100 high-educated but low-earning cities (pop. 5,000+)"
  • #25 (62897) on the list of "Top 101 zip codes with the largest percentage of Bulgarian first ancestries"
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Top Patent Applicants
Top Patent Applicants
  • Rex Franklin Tomer (2)
  • Joseph Zsido (2)
  • Destry Deifenbach (1)
  • Joseph W. Zsido (1)
  • James Thiel (1)
  • Danny Robey (1)
  • Joshua L. Wilson (1)
  • Todd Taylor (1)

Total of 9 patent applications in 2008-2014.

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