Benton, Iowa

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Population in 2013: 43 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +7.5%
 
Males: 30  (69.8%)
Females: 13  (30.2%)
Median resident age:  45.7 years
Iowa median age:  38.0 years

Zip code: 50835

Estimated median household income in 2013: $39,039 (it was $26,250 in 2000)
Benton:

$39,039
IA:

$52,229

Estimated per capita income in 2013: $16,631 (it was $15,752 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $19,193 (it was $18,300 in 2000)
Benton:

$19,193
IA:

$126,900
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  • Races in Benton, IA (2010)

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    • 3995.1%White alone
    • 24.9%Hispanic
Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Benton: 80.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Irish (40.8%), United States (14.3%), Slovak (6.1%), Danish (2.0%), French (2.0%), German (2.0%).

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: 92.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 2.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 17.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Benton city:

  • Never married: 31.3%
  • Now married: 62.1%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 2.1%
  • Divorced: 4.4%



According to our research of Iowa and other state lists there was 1 registered sex offender living in Benton, Iowa as of August 02, 2015.
The ratio of number of residents in Benton to the number of sex offenders is 43 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $372 (3.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $288 (1.5%)

Benton satellite photo by USGS

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 June 2014:
Here:

3.9%
Iowa:

4.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -1 (-2.4%).
Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Retail trade (63%)
  • Construction (16%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Other services, except public administration (11%)
  • 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 (14%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Construction (0%)
  • Manufacturing (0%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Office and administrative support occupations (26%)
  • Sales and related occupations (16%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (16%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (16%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (11%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (11%)
  • Transportation occupations (5%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (29%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (21%)
  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (14%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (14%)
  • Material moving occupations (7%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (0%)

Average climate in Benton, Iowa

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Benton-area historical tornado activity is near Iowa state average. It is 82% 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 slightly above Iowa state average. It is 79% 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 378.5 miles away from the city center
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 Benton 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 367.9 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 356.6 miles away from the city center
On 5/4/1991 at 01:18:54, a magnitude 5.0 (4.4 MB, 4.6 LG, 5.0 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 376.8 miles away from Benton 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 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 Ringgold County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 1

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 11, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 4, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals and medical centers near Benton:

  • CLEARVIEW HOME (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; MOUNT AYR, IA)
  • RINGGOLD COUNTY PUBLIC HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 7 miles away; MOUNT AYR, IA)
  • MOUNT AYR HEALTH CARE CENTER (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; MOUNT AYR, IA)
  • RINGGOLD COUNTY HOSPITAL DIALYSIS UNIT (Dialysis Facility, about 8 miles away; MOUNT AYR, IA)
  • RINGGOLD COUNTY HOSPITAL Critical Access Hospitals (about 8 miles away; MOUNT AYR, IA)
  • CLEARVIEW HOME (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; CLEARFIELD, IA)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Benton:

  • Northwest Missouri State University (about 37 miles; Maryville, MO; Full-time enrollment: 5,946)
  • Missouri Western State University (about 70 miles; Saint Joseph, MO; FT enrollment: 4,557)
  • Drake University (about 73 miles; Des Moines, IA; FT enrollment: 3,768)
  • Highland Community College (about 76 miles; Highland, KS; FT enrollment: 2,148)
  • Des Moines Area Community College (about 80 miles; Ankeny, IA; FT enrollment: 15,337)
  • Iowa Western Community College (about 85 miles; Council Bluffs, IA; FT enrollment: 5,344)
  • Bellevue University (about 88 miles; Bellevue, NE; FT enrollment: 7,139)

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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 2013: 7.5%
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 significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2013

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2013

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

5.2
Iowa average:

10.3

Benton travel time to work - commute Benton mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (57%)
  • Electricity (24%)
  • Other fuel (14%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

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

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant2,18715
Evangelical Protestant7239
Other1581
Catholic1031
None1,960-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Ringgold County:

3.89 / 10,000 pop.
Iowa:

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

13.62 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

17.51 / 10,000 pop.
State:

8.01 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.2%
Iowa:

7.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Ringgold County:

27.1%
Iowa:

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

18.4%
State:

14.5%
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
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$30
Totals for Government 0$0 1$30

4.80% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($28,310 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.80%
Iowa average:

5.75%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Decatur County, IA  0.57% ($19,500 average AGI)


6.08% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($38,167 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.08%
Iowa average:

5.94%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Union County, IA  0.96% ($17,824 average AGI)
to Polk County, IA  0.90% ($28,688)

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)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 1Number of bridges
  • 2m7ftTotal length
  • 40Total average daily traffic
  • 11Total average daily truck traffic
  • 40Total future (year 2030) average daily traffic

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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