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Population in 2012: 970 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -0.6%
 

Males: 515  (53.1%)
Females: 455  (46.9%)

Median resident age:  39.6 years
Wisconsin median age:  42.6 years

Zip codes: 53803.

Estimated median household income in 2012: $47,621 (it was $30,313 in 2000)
Benton:

$47,621
WI:

$51,059
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $22,674

Benton village income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $93,646 (it was $63,500 in 2000)
Benton:

$93,646
WI:

$165,200
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $107,936; Detached houses: $112,223; In 2-unit structures: $156,693; Mobile homes: $35,525

Median gross rent in 2012: $541.

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  • White alone - 955 (98.2%)
  • American Indian alone - 7 (0.7%)
  • Hispanic - 4 (0.4%)
  • Asian alone - 3 (0.3%)
  • Two or more races - 3 (0.3%)
  • Black alone - 1 (0.1%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Benton: 87.8 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)


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Ancestries: German (32.2%), Irish (23.3%), English (14.6%), Norwegian (6.0%), Swedish (3.7%), Dutch (3.2%).

Current Local Time: CST time zone

Incorporated in 1892

Elevation: 932 feet

Land area: 0.83 square miles.

Population density: 1,163 people per square mile 
 
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For population 25 years and over in Benton:

  • High school or higher: 93.7%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 16.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 2.7%
  • Unemployed: 4.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 25.1 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Benton village:

  • Never married: 19.3%
  • Now married: 60.1%
  • Separated: 3.0%
  • Widowed: 8.4%
  • Divorced: 9.2%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $2,464 (2.1%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $1,782 (2.3%)

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Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Dubuque, IA (16.1 miles , pop. 57,686).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Madison, WI (61.1 miles , pop. 208,054).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (147.5 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities: New Diggings, WI (1.6 miles ), Cuba City, WI (1.8 miles ), Hazel Green, WI (1.9 miles ), White Oak Springs, WI (2.5 miles) , Elk Grove, WI (2.6 miles ), Smelser, WI (2.7 miles ), Shullsburg, WI (2.8 miles ), Scales Mound, IL (3.1 miles ).

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1998: 3 buildings, average cost: $115,700
  • 2000: 4 buildings, average cost: $115,100
  • 2001: 8 buildings, average cost: $92,100
  • 2002: 3 buildings, average cost: $129,600
  • 2005: 1 building, cost: $150,000
  • 2006: 5 buildings, average cost: $199,100
  • 2007: 2 buildings, average cost: $130,000
  • 2009: 2 buildings, average cost: $111,700
  • 2012: 0 buildings

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Latitude: 42.57 N, Longitude: 90.38 W

Area code: 608

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Crime rates in Benton (2001):

  • 0 murders (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 rapes (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 robberies (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 assaults (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 0 burglaries (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 2 thefts (203.5 per 100,000)
  • 0 auto thefts (0.0 per 100,000)
  • City-data.com crime rate = 8.1 (higher means more crime, US average = 330.8)

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Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.6%
Wisconsin:

6.8%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: +53 (+5.7%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (27%)
  • Manufacturing (23%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Wholesale trade (7%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (6%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Finance and insurance (24%)
  • Health care and social assistance (15%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Information (5%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (12%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (10%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (8%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6%)
  • Farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (5%)
  • Agricultural workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Assemblers and fabricators (4%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (4%)

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Tornado activity:

Benton-area historical tornado activity is above Wisconsin state average. It is 145% greater than the overall U.S. average.

On 6/7/1984, a category F5 (max. wind speeds 261-318 mph) tornado 34.4 miles away from the Benton village center killed 9 people and injured 200 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

On 7/3/1983, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 30.5 miles away from the village center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Benton-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Wisconsin state average. It is 99% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 9/2/1999 at 16:17:29, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 76.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Lafayette County (11) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 9
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 8, Tornadoes: 5, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Drought: 1, Hurricane: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Hospitals/medical centers near Benton:

  • SOUTHWEST HEALTH CENTER (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; CUBA CITY, WI)
  • ST DOMINIC VILLA (Nursing Home, about 9 miles away; HAZEL GREEN, WI)
  • GALENA STAUSS HOSPITAL SNU (Nursing Home, about 11 miles away; GALENA, IL)

Political contributions by individuals in Benton, WI

Local government website: CI.BENTON.WI.US

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Benton:

  • University of Wisconsin-Platteville (about 13 miles; Platteville, WI; Full-time enrollment: 6,352)
  • Ashford University (about 51 miles; Clinton, IA; FT enrollment: 46,717)
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison (about 61 miles; Madison, WI; FT enrollment: 37,050)
  • University of Wisconsin Colleges (about 61 miles; Madison, WI; FT enrollment: 8,846)
  • Madison Area Technical College (about 66 miles; Madison, WI; FT enrollment: 5,928)
  • Kaplan University (about 71 miles; Davenport, IA; FT enrollment: 8,162)
  • Saint Ambrose University (about 73 miles; Davenport, IA; FT enrollment: 2,699)

Public high school in Benton:

  • Benton Hi (Students: 98; Location: 41 Alma St; Grades: 7-12)

Public elementary/middle school in Benton:

  • Benton El (Students: 131; Location: 41 Alma St; Grades: KG-6)
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Library in Benton:

  • BENTON PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $33,677; Location: 48 W. MAIN ST.; 9,972 books; 3,936 audio materials; 1,256 video materials; 28 state licensed databases; 22 print serial subscriptions)

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Notable location: Benton Volunteer Fire Department (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attraction: Bass Masters Paintball (Arcades & Amusements; 25936 Penny Benton Road).

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

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2010 was 36.3. This is about average.
City:

36.3
U.S.:

32.0
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µ/m3] level in 2010 was 11.4. This is about average. Closest monitor was 18.0 miles away from the city center.
City:

11.4
U.S.:

9.6

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

BENTON WATERWORKS (Population served: 976, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in Benton that have no violations reported:

  • NEW DIGGINGS GENERAL STORE & INN (Population served: 27, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • LEAD MINE TAVERN (Population served: 25, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 12.5%
(10.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents)

Average household size:
This village:  2.4 people
Wisconsin:  2.4 people

Percentage of family households:
This village:  66.3%
Whole state:  64.4%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village:  6.5%
Whole state:  7.3%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.3% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Benton, WI

Benton compared to Wisconsin state average:

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage 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.
  • Renting percentage below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.


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Banks with branches in Benton (2011 data):

  • The Benton State Bank: at 42 West Main Street, branch established on 1894/12/05. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $53.2 mil, Deposits: $45.9 mil, local headquarters, positive income, Agricultural Specialization, 3 total offices, Holding Company: Bsb Community Bancorporation, Inc.

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 (80%)
  • Electricity (7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6%)
  • Wood (4%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (3%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

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Religion statistics for Benton village (based on Lafayette County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 76.58%
Here76.6%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameCatholic ChurchEvangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaUnited Methodist ChurchUnited Church of ChristOther
Adherents58.0%22.6%12.2%3.0%4.2%
Congregations33.3%23.1%23.1%5.1%15.4%
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: 4
This county:

2.53 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

1.86 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 12
This county:

7.60 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

4.12 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 19
Lafayette County:

12.03 / 10,000 pop.
Wisconsin:

8.64 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

7.8%
Wisconsin:

7.6%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

29.8%
Wisconsin:

27.5%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Lafayette County:

13.9%
State:

13.0%

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 1$4,685$56,2201$759
Sewerage 1$3,649$43,7880$0
Water Supply 1$2,765$33,1800$0
Electric Power 1$3,385$40,6200$0
Local Libraries 0$0 1$106
Totals for Government 4$14,484$43,4522$865

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

  • Construction - General: $115,000 ($118.56)
    Regular Highways: $10,000 ($10.31)
  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $319,000 ($328.87)
    Sewerage: $196,000 ($202.06)
    Water Utilities: $150,000 ($154.64)
    Regular Highways: $77,000 ($79.38)
    Fire Protection: $72,000 ($74.23)
    Police Protection: $44,000 ($45.36)
    Solid Waste Management: $33,000 ($34.02)
    Central Staff Services: $31,000 ($31.96)
    Libraries: $27,000 ($27.84)
    Parks & Recreation: $16,000 ($16.49)
    General - Other: $13,000 ($13.40)
    Financial Administration: $12,000 ($12.37)
    General Public Buildings: $10,000 ($10.31)
    Health Services - Other: $6,000 ($6.19)
  • Electric Utilities - Interest on Debt: $19,000 ($19.59)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $114,000 ($117.53)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $473,000 ($487.63)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $35,000 ($36.08)

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

  • Charges - Sewerage: $217,000 ($223.71)
    Solid Waste Management: $65,000 ($67.01)
    All Other: $11,000 ($11.34)
  • Local Intergovernmental - All Other: $9,000 ($9.28)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $45,000 ($46.39)
    General Revenue, NEC: $19,000 ($19.59)
    Special Assessments: $6,000 ($6.19)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $263,000 ($271.13)
    Water Utilities: $178,000 ($183.51)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Support: $304,000 ($313.40)
    Highways: $55,000 ($56.70)
    All Other: $1,000 ($1.03)
  • Tax - Property: $88,000 ($90.72)
    NEC: $36,000 ($37.11)

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

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $581,000 ($598.97)
    Electric Utilities: $322,000 ($331.96)
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $1,715,000 ($1768.04)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $267,000 ($275.26)
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Other, NEC: $1,318,000 ($1358.76)
    Water Utilities: $555,000 ($572.16)
    Electric Utilities: $308,000 ($317.53)
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $130,000 ($134.02)
    Water Utilities: $26,000 ($26.80)
    Electric Utilities: $14,000 ($14.43)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $1,473,000 ($1518.56)

5.38% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($30,045 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.38%
Wisconsin average:

6.06%

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 Grant County, WI  1.05% ($28,594 average AGI)
from Green County, WI  0.79% ($23,346)
from Dane County, WI  0.78% ($32,667)


6.32% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($33,098 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.32%
Wisconsin average:

6.22%

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 Grant County, WI  1.18% ($37,282 average AGI)
to Green County, WI  1.03% ($30,250)
to Dane County, WI  0.97% ($31,781)

Strongest AM radio stations in Benton:

  • KDTH (1370 AM; 5 kW; DUBUQUE, IA; Owner: RADIO DUBUQUE, INC.)
  • WTMJ (620 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: JOURNAL BROADCAST CORPORATION)
  • WSCR (670 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • WGN (720 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WGN CONTINENTAL BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WPVL (1590 AM; 1 kW; PLATTEVILLE, WI; Owner: QUEENB RADIO WISCONSIN, INC.)
  • WBBM (780 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: INFINITY BROADCASTING OPERATIONS, INC.)
  • KXEL (1540 AM; 50 kW; WATERLOO, IA; Owner: KXEL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WISN (1130 AM; 50 kW; MILWAUKEE, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WMVP (1000 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WLS (890 AM; 50 kW; CHICAGO, IL; Owner: WLS, INC.)
  • WSPT (1010 AM; 50 kW; STEVENS POINT, WI)
  • WTSO (1070 AM; 10 kW; MADISON, WI; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WDBQ (1490 AM; 1 kW; DUBUQUE, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Benton:

  • KATF (92.9 FM; DUBUQUE, IA; Owner: RADIO DUBUQUE, INC.)
  • WJOD (103.3 FM; ASBURY, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KXGE (102.3 FM; DUBUQUE, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • K254AE (98.7 FM; DUBUQUE, IA; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTHERN IOWA)
  • WVRE (101.1 FM; DICKEYVILLE, WI; Owner: RADIO DUBUQUE, INC.)
  • WDBQ-FM (107.5 FM; GALENA, IL; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • KIYX (106.1 FM; SAGEVILLE, IA; Owner: QUEENB RADIO WISCONSIN, INC.)
  • WPVL-FM (107.1 FM; PLATTEVILLE, WI; Owner: QUEENB RADIO WISCONSIN, INC.)
  • K269EK (101.7 FM; DUBUQUE, IA; Owner: THE UNIVERSITY OF IOWA)
  • KLYV (105.3 FM; DUBUQUE, IA; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WGLR-FM (97.7 FM; LANCASTER, WI; Owner: QUEENB RADIO WISCONSIN, INC.)
  • WJTY (88.1 FM; LANCASTER, WI; Owner: JOY PUBLIC BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WDMP-FM (99.3 FM; DODGEVILLE, WI; Owner: DODGE POINT BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WHHI (91.3 FM; HIGHLAND, WI; Owner: STATE OF WISCONSIN - EDUCATIONAL COMMUNICATIONS BOARD)
  • K239AB (95.7 FM; DUBUQUE, IA; Owner: AUGUSTANA COLLEGE)
  • WSUP (90.5 FM; PLATTEVILLE, WI; Owner: BOARD OF REGENTS, UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SYSTEM)
  • KGRR (97.3 FM; EPWORTH, IA; Owner: RADIO DUBUQUE, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Benton:

  • KFXB (Channel 40; DUBUQUE, IA; Owner: DUBUQUE TV LTD. PARTNERSHIP)

National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
Number of bridges: 1
Total length: 7 meters (23ft)
Total average daily traffic: 3,000
Total future (year 2030) average daily traffic: 3,800


FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

4
  • Call Sign: K3BME, Licensee ID: L00247422
    Grant Date: 06/04/1998, Expiration Date: 02/25/2008, Cancellation Date: 02/26/2010
    Registrant: John A Ceney Sr, 163 Whaley Ct Apt 112, Benton, WI 53803
  • Call Sign: KA9PKZ
    Grant Date: 11/29/1988, Expiration Date: 11/29/1998, Cancellation Date: 11/30/2000
    Registrant: Kenny A Alderson, Star Route, Benton, WI 53803
  • Call Sign: KB9QDL, Licensee ID: L01186890
    Grant Date: 08/30/2007, Expiration Date: 08/30/2017
    Registrant: Nelson J Kari, 178 Van Buren, Benton, WI 53803
  • Call Sign: N9ABU, Licensee ID: L01058322
    Grant Date: 08/31/2005, Expiration Date: 11/28/2015, Certifier: Jon L Alderson
    Registrant: Jon L Alderson, 324 Hwy J, Benton, WI 53803


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 6

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