For population 25 years and over in Benton:
For population 15 years and over in Benton town:
16 residents are foreign born
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2011: $674 (0.6%)
Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Chattanooga, TN (36.0 miles , pop. 155,554).
Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Atlanta, GA (98.8 miles , pop. 416,474).
Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (489.4 miles , pop. 2,896,016).
Nearest cities: Parksville, TN (2.8 miles ), Charleston, TN (3.1 miles ), Calhoun, TN (3.2 miles ), Southeast Bradley, TN (3.3 miles ), East Cleveland, TN (3.4 miles ), Cleveland, TN (3.5 miles ), Wildwood Lake, TN (3.6 miles ), Etowah, TN (3.6 miles ).
Latitude: 35.17 N, Longitude: 84.65 W
Area code: 423
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Crime rate in Benton detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson
Full-time law enforcement employees in 2011, including police officers: 7 (6 officers).
Work and jobs in Benton: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute
Average climate in Benton, Tennessee
Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations
Benton-area historical tornado activity is near Tennessee state average. It is 69% greater than the overall U.S. average.
On 5/2/1953, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 25.0 miles away from the Benton town center killed 4 people and injured 8 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.
On 4/3/1974, a category F4 tornado 25.1 miles away from the town center killed 4 people and injured 26 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.
Earthquake activity:Benton-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Tennessee state average. It is 55% smaller than the overall U.S. average.
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 72.8 miles away from the city center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 58.1 miles away from Benton center
On 7/5/1995 at 14:16:44, a magnitude 3.7 (3.7 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 28.1 miles away from the city center
On 10/12/2005 at 06:27:30, a magnitude 3.6 (3.6 LG, Depth: 5.1 mi) earthquake occurred 24.1 miles away from the city center
On 7/19/1997 at 17:06:34, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 12.1 miles away from Benton center
On 12/8/2001 at 01:08:21, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 95.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), moment magnitude (MW)
Natural disasters:The number of natural disasters in Polk County (13) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 2
Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 7, Floods: 6, Tornadoes: 3, Flash Flood: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Snowfall: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Fire: 1, Flash Flood: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Hospitals/medical centers near Benton:
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Air Quality Index (AQI)
Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 5.84. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 9.8 miles away from the city center.
Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2010 was 5.71. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 9.8 miles away from the city center.
Particulate Matter (PM10) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 17.3. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 9.3 miles away from the city center.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 10.2. This is about average. Closest monitor was 19.4 miles away from the city center.
Drinking water stations with addresses in Benton and their reported violations in the past:BENTON WATER SYSTEM (Population served: 2399, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:HIWASSEE WATER CO-OP (Population served: 1097, Purch_surface_water):
Past monitoring violations:THUNDER ROCK #2 CMPG - USFS (Population served: 150, Groundwater):
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Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2011: 26.1%
(23.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
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Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
45 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups) in 2000
Benton compared to Tennessee state average:
Banks with branches in Benton (2011 data):
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Religion statistics for Benton (based on Polk County data)Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 78.59%
Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations
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Food Environment Statistics:
Number of grocery stores: 2
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 12
Number of full-service restaurants: 8
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Benton government finances in 2002(per resident):
7.81% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($32,146 average adjusted gross income)
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:
7.96% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($27,467 average adjusted gross income)
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:
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Benton fatal accident list:
Sep 29, 1996 01:40 PM, Wilsonst, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Oct 9, 1990 03:45 PM, Sr33, Vehicles: 3, Persons: 7, Fatalities: 1
Sep 13, 1985 01:50 AM, M000000130, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunken drivers: 1
May 20, 1975 09:15 PM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 5
Total length: 6 meters (20ft)
Total costs: $1,949,000
Total average daily traffic: 25,080
Total average daily truck traffic: 2,914
Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic: 41,648
FCC Registered Antenna Towers:14 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Benton)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers:3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Benton, TN)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:14 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers:3
FCC Registered Paging Towers:1
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:33 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Benton)
FAA Registered Aircraft:8 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Benton)
2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:
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Businesses in Benton, TN
Total of 1 patent application in 2008-2013.