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Ringgold County

Population in 2012: 43 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +7.5%
 

Males: 25  (58.5%)
Females: 18  (41.5%)

Median resident age:  53.5 years
Iowa median age:  42.7 years

Zip code: 50835

Estimated median household income in 2011: $38,780 (it was $26,250 in 2000)
Benton:

$38,780
Iowa:

$49,427
Estimated per capita income in 2011: $15,660

Estimated median house or condo value in 2011: $22,279 (it was $18,300 in 2000)
Benton:

$22,279
Iowa:

$123,400
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $29,124; Detached houses: $29,683; Mobile homes: $27,726

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  • White alone - 39 (95.1%)
  • Hispanic - 2 (4.9%)

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Benton: 80.9 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: Irish (54.5%), German (9.1%), Scottish (9.1%), United States (9.1%), Scotch-Irish (4.5%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated on 07/3/1900

Elevation: 1080 feet

Land area: 0.67 square miles.

Population density: 64 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).




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For population 25 years and over in Benton:

  • High school or higher: 85.4%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 0.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 0.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Benton city:

  • Never married: 15.6%
  • Now married: 73.3%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 0.0%
  • Divorced: 11.1%

0 residents are foreign born

This city:  0.0%
Iowa:  3.7%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Benton, Iowa as of December 21, 2012.
The ratio of number of residents in Benton to the number of sex offenders is 35 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2011: $275 (2.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2011: $242 (1.0%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: St. Joseph, MO (70.3 miles , pop. 73,990).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Omaha, NE (94.6 miles , pop. 390,007).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (355.8 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: Delphos, IA (1.8 miles) , Maloy, IA (1.9 miles) , Mount Ayr, IA (2.5 miles ), Redding, IA (2.7 miles) , Diagonal, IA (2.7 miles ), Blockton, IA (3.0 miles) , Clearfield, IA (3.0 miles ), Irena, MO (3.4 miles) .

Latitude: 40.71 N, Longitude: 94.36 W

Area code: 641

Benton household income distribution Benton home values distribution

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.0%
Iowa:

4.7%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -1 (-2.4%).

Most common industries in 2007-2011 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (53%)
  • Construction (21%)
  • Other services, except public administration (21%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Manufacturing (0%)
  • Health care and social assistance (79%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (21%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Construction (0%)
  • Manufacturing (0%)
  • Wholesale trade (0%)


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Tornado activity:

Benton-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Iowa state average. It is 170% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/8/1999, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 22.5 miles away from the Benton city center injured one person and caused $2 million in damages.

On 6/2/1980, a category F4 tornado 23.7 miles away from the city center caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Benton-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Iowa state average. It is 97% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/16/2004 at 12:17:30, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 MW, 3.3 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 62.7 miles away from the city center
On 2/11/1995 at 05:54:10, a magnitude 3.1 (3.1 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 34.2 miles away from Benton center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Ringgold County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 9, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 3, Floods: 2, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Benton:

  • RINGGOLD COUNTY HOSPITAL (Critical Access Hospitals, Government - Local, provides emergency services, about 7 miles away; MOUNT AYR, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Benton:

  • Northwest Missouri State University (about 37 miles; Maryville, MO; Full-time enrollment: 5,793)
  • Missouri Western State University (about 70 miles; Saint Joseph, MO; FT enrollment: 4,088)
  • Drake University (about 72 miles; Des Moines, IA; FT enrollment: 4,382)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 83 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 8,947)
  • Iowa Western Community College (about 85 miles; Council Bluffs, IA; FT enrollment: 3,574)
  • Bellevue University (about 88 miles; Bellevue, NE; FT enrollment: 3,237)
  • University of Nebraska Medical Center (about 92 miles; Omaha, NE; FT enrollment: 2,774)

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Ringgold County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2011: 1.9%

Average household size:
This city:  2.3 people
Iowa:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:  72.2%
Whole state:  64.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:  11.1%
Whole state:  6.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Benton compared to Iowa state average:

  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.


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Educational Attainment (%) in 2011

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Benton travel time to work - commute


Benton mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (79%)
  • Electricity (21%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Benton (based on Ringgold County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 50.59%
Here50.6%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchChristian Church (Disciples of Christ)American Baptist Churches in the USACatholic ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)
Adherents36.4%27.5%8.5%6.7%6.0%
Congregations34.6%15.4%3.8%7.7%11.5%
NameLutheran ChurchAssemblies of GodOld Order AmishGeneral Association of Regular Baptist ChurchesOther
Adherents3.7%3.4%2.4%2.3%3.2%
Congregations3.8%7.7%3.8%3.8%7.7%
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: 2
Here:

3.89 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

2.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
This county:

13.62 / 10,000 pop.
State:

5.55 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Ringgold County:

17.51 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Ringgold County:

9.2%
State:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.1%
State:

27.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

18.4%
Iowa:

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
Other Government Administration 0$0 1$26
Totals for Government 0$0 1$26


5.95% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($32,532 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.95%
Iowa average:

6.30%

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 Polk County, IA  0.82% ($35,000 average AGI)
from Union County, IA  0.76% ($17,286)
from Clarke County, IA  0.66% ($27,167)


6.11% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($19,518 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.11%
Iowa average:

6.47%

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 Union County, IA  1.47% ($25,667 average AGI)
to Polk County, IA  0.82% ($30,133)

Strongest AM radio stations in Benton:

  • KOIL (1020 AM; 50 kW; PLATTSMOUTH, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • WHO (1040 AM; 50 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WHB (810 AM; 50 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: UNION BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • KFAB (1110 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KKAR (1290 AM; 50 kW; OMAHA, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KYDZ (1180 AM; 25 kW; BELLEVUE, NE; Owner: WAITT RADIO, INC.)
  • KYFR (920 AM; 5 kW; SHENANDOAH, IA; Owner: FAMILY STATIONS, INC.)
  • KPSZ (940 AM; 10 kW; DES MOINES, IA; Owner: SAGA COMMUNICATIONS OF IOWA, LLC)
  • KMA (960 AM; 5 kW; SHENANDOAH, IA; Owner: KMA BROADCASTING L.P.)
  • KKHK (1250 AM; 25 kW; KANSAS CITY, KS)
  • KFEQ (680 AM; 5 kW; ST. JOSEPH, MO; Owner: EAGLE RADIO, INC.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • KCMO (710 AM; 10 kW; KANSAS CITY, MO; Owner: SUSQUEHANNA KANSAS CITY PARTNERSHIP)

Strongest FM radio stations in Benton:

  • KJJC (107.1 FM; OSCEOLA, IA; Owner: THOMAS H. BURKE, RECEIVER FOR LIFESTYLE COMMUNICATIONS CORP.)
  • KSIB-FM (101.3 FM; CRESTON, IA; Owner: G. O. RADIO, LIMITED)


FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

1
  • 1 Mi S Of Chariton On Ia 14 (Lat: 40.983056 Lon: -93.307167), Type: Tower, Structure height: 30 m, Overall height: 36 m, Call Sign: WPBC821, Licensee ID: L00003749
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.195 MHz
    Grant Date: 11/04/2003, Expiration Date: 01/21/2014, Certifier: John R Porter
    Registrant: State Of Iowa, 800 Lincoln Way, Ames, IA 50010, Phone: (515) 239-1025, Fax: (515) 232-6739

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

1
  • BENTON, Lat: 42.079667 Lon: -92.298833, Call Sign: WQDE589, Licensee ID: L00040726
    Assigned Frequencies: 956.268 MHz
    Grant Date: 08/05/2005, Expiration Date: 08/05/2015, Certifier: Sally Lovig
    Registrant: Poweshiek Water Association

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

2
  • Call Sign: N0LUZ, Previous Call Sign: KB0GDU
    Grant Date: 04/24/1990, Expiration Date: 04/24/2000, Cancellation Date: 04/25/2002
    Registrant: Eugene M Waugh, Benton, IA 50835
  • Call Sign: WA0BHZ, Licensee ID: L00500454
    Grant Date: 08/20/1997, Expiration Date: 08/20/2007, Cancellation Date: 08/21/2009
    Registrant: Denzil J Waugh, Benton, IA 50835


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