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Benton County, Missouri (MO)

County population in 2014: 18,806 (13% urban, 87% rural); it was 17,180 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,605
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,284
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 6,097
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,560 (it was 1,323 in 2000)
% of renters here:

18%
State:

31%

Land area: 706 sq. mi.

Water area: 47.0 sq. mi.

Population density: 27 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Benton County: 79.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (15.1%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (13.3%), Transportation and warehousing,and utilities (13.0%), Construction (12.2%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (12.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 38%
  • Government: 9%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 53%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Benton County, Missouri:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (96.1%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (1.5%)
  • Two or more races (1.2%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (0.6%)
Median resident age:  51.0 years
Missouri median age:  37.0 years
Males: 9,418  (50.1%)
Females: 9,388  (49.9%)
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Average household size:
Benton County:

2.0 people
Missouri:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $32,638 ($26,646 in 1999)

This county:

$32638
Missouri:

$46931

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $405 (lower quartile is $327, upper quartile is $498)
This county:

$405
State:

$566


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $103,449 (it was $66,800 in 2000)
Benton:

$103,449
Missouri:

$133,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $61,531 - $166,315
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $905
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $295

Institutionalized population: 206

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 1
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 31
  • Burglaries: 127
  • Thefts: 187
  • Auto thefts: 21

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 1
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 29
  • Burglaries: 133
  • Thefts: 139
  • Auto thefts: 17
Benton County, MO map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 5 buildings, average cost: $98,500
  • 2008: 6 buildings, average cost: $102,500
  • 2009: 5 buildings, average cost: $96,000
  • 2010: 1 building, cost: $65,000
  • 2011: 1 building, cost: $250,000
  • 2012: 5 buildings, average cost: $64,000
  • 2013: 3 buildings, average cost: $133,300
  • 2014: 0 buildings

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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1996 Presidential Elections Results

2000 Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $813 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $633 (0.8%)

Benton County household income distribution in 2009 Benton County home values distribution Benton County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 20.1%
(19.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 33.3% for Black residents, 28.3% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 13.7% for American Indian residents, 49.4% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 20.6%
Benton County:

20.6%
Missouri:

15.9%
(20.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 30.0% for Black residents, 27.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 15.8% for American Indian residents, 46.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 52 years old
(Males: 51 years old, Females: 52 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 53 years old, Black residents: 32 years old, American Indian residents: 61 years old, Asian residents: 24 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 18 years old, Other race residents: 46 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Benton County is $359 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $464 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $644 a month.

Cities in this county include: Warsaw, Cole Camp, Lincoln, Ionia.

Benton County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Neighboring counties: Beaver County, Utah , Boone County, West Virginia , Caroline County, Virginia , Nicholas County, West Virginia , Greenwood County, Kansas , Jefferson County, Indiana , Stafford County, Kansas .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.9%
Missouri:

4.5%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 293
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 71.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 8.8%

Number of foreign born residents: 113 (56% naturalized citizens)

Benton County:

0.7%
Whole state:

2.7%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 2
  • 1990 to 1994: 13
  • 1985 to 1989: 4
  • 1980 to 1984: 10
  • 1975 to 1979: 15
  • 1970 to 1974: 15
  • 1970 to 1974: 11
  • 1965 to 1969: 43

Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.2 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 61.0%

Benton County marital status for males Benton County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 8,480
  • One, attached: 67
  • Two: 95
  • 3 or 4: 131
  • 5 to 9: 119
  • 10 to 19: 27
  • 20 or more: 20
  • Mobile homes: 2,772
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 980

Housing units in Benton County with a mortgage: 1,606 (118 second mortgage, 55 home equity loan, 2 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,763

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

67.6% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Benton County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant6,25330
Mainline Protestant1,8428
Catholic3602
Other1793
None10,422-
Benton County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
Benton County:

2.17 / 10,000 pop.
State:

1.88 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 11
Benton County:

5.97 / 10,000 pop.
Missouri:

4.34 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 34
This county:

18.44 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.37 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Benton County:

10.1%
Missouri:

8.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Benton County:

29.4%
State:

29.6%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

11.8%
State:

13.5%

Agriculture in Benton County:

Average size of farms: 309 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $37,196
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $77.07
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 0.19%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 80.98%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $35,665
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 29.76%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $43,377
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 95.23%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 17.34
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 2.87%
Corn for grain: 8700 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 6484 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 18881 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 30 acres

Earthquake activity:

Benton County-area historical earthquake activity is near Missouri state average. It is 75% 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 293.7 miles away from Benton County 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 220.2 miles away from the county 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 225.3 miles away from the county center
On 3/25/1976 at 00:41:20, a magnitude 5.0 (4.9 MB, 5.0 LG) earthquake occurred 246.5 miles away from the county 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 295.1 miles away from Benton County center
On 5/4/2001 at 06:42:12, a magnitude 4.7 (4.2 MB, 4.7 LG, 4.5 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 222.3 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • MissouriSevere Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 31, 2011 to February 5, 2011, Emergency Declared (EM-3317): February 3, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3317, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • MissouriSevere Winter Storm and Snowstorm, Incident Period: January 31, 2011 to February 5, 2011, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1961): March 23, 2011, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1961, Natural disaster type: Snowstorm, Winter Storm
  • MissouriSevere Winter Storm, Incident Period: January 26, 2009 to January 28, 2009, Emergency Declared (EM-3303): January 30, 2009, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3303, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • MissouriSevere Winter Storms, Incident Period: December 8, 2007 to December 15, 2007, Emergency Declared (EM-3281): December 12, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3281, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • MissouriSevere Winter Storms, Incident Period: December 6, 2007 to December 15, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1736): December 27, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1736, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm
  • MissouriSevere Winter Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: January 12, 2007 to January 22, 2007, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1676): January 15, 2007, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1676, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • MissouriSevere Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: March 8, 2006 to March 13, 2006, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1631): March 16, 2006, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1631, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • MissouriHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3232): September 10, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3232, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • MissouriSevere Storms, Tornadoes, and Flooding, Incident Period: May 18, 2004 to May 31, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1524): June 11, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1524, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • MissouriSevere Storms, Tornadoes and Flooding, Incident Period: May 4, 2003 to May 30, 2003, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1463): May 6, 2003, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1463, Natural disaster type: Storm, Tornado, Flood
  • 6 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

The number of natural disasters in Benton County (16) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 5

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 8, Storms: 6, Winter Storms: 6, Tornadoes: 5, Drought: 1, Heavy Rain: 1, Hurricane: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowstorm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (26%)
  • Educational services (13%)
  • Retail trade (11%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Manufacturing (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Public administration (4%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (15%)
  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Production occupations (13%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Transportation occupations (9%)
  • Installation, maintenance, and repair occupations (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (20%)
  • Sales and related occupations (12%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Germany (41%)
  • Mexico (22%)
  • Canada (12%)
  • Hungary (8%)
  • Brazil (6%)
  • United Kingdom (5%)
  • Ukraine (4%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Benton County (%):

  • German (31%)
  • United States or American (21%)
  • English (11%)
  • Irish (11%)
  • French (except Basque) (3%)
  • Dutch (2%)
  • Scotch-Irish (2%)

Benton County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,728 (73%)
  • Carpooled: 995 (15%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 35 (1%)
  • Motorcycle: 6 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 4 (0%)
  • Walked: 151 (2%)
  • Other means: 40 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 533 (8%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


People in group quarters in Benton County, Missouri in 2000:

  • 179 people in nursing homes
  • 34 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 22 people in other nonhousehold living situations
  • 13 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)

People in group quarters in Benton County, Missouri in 2010:

  • 184 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 22 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 18 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 10 people in residential treatment centers for adults
  • 6 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 4 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $35,463.

7.44% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($36,053 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.44%
Missouri average:

6.69%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
5.39% relocated from other counties in Missouri ($24,852 average AGI)
2.05% relocated from other states ($11,202 average AGI)
Benton County:

2.05%
Missouri average:

2.54%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Pettis County, MO  1.33% ($31,517 average AGI)
from Jackson County, MO  1.07% ($41,429)
from Henry County, MO  0.34% ($26,909)
from Clay County, MO  0.26% ($34,471)
from Johnson County, MO  0.25% ($29,563)
from Greene County, MO  0.21% ($23,714)
from Camden County, MO  0.20% ($28,000)


6.73% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,089 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.73%
Missouri average:

6.91%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
4.65% relocated to other counties in Missouri ($19,853 average AGI)
2.08% relocated to other states ($10,236 average AGI)
Benton County:

2.08%
Missouri average:

2.76%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Pettis County, MO  1.22% ($26,215 average AGI)
to Jackson County, MO  0.59% ($22,447)
to Henry County, MO  0.39% ($28,640)
to Greene County, MO  0.28% ($18,833)
to Clay County, MO  0.20% ($38,308)
to Cass County, MO  0.17% ($38,091)
to Johnson County, MO  0.17% ($24,091)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.9

Births per 1000 population in Benton County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.1
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 14.7

Deaths per 1000 population in Benton County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 9.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Benton County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 21.8%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 11.5%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Benton County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Benton County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 5,318 (4,188 aged, 1,130 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 359 (10%)

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Most common underlying causes of death in Benton County, Missouri in 1999 - 2014:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (417)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (414)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (239)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (202)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (164)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (122)
  • Congestive heart failure (118)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (91)
  • Breast, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (75)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (65)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 16%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 14%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 906.970
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1368.410
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5.3

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 17.61
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 37.13

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 5.3

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 184.5. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 18,812
  • In family households: 15,349 (4,440 male householders, 1,093 female householders)
    4,634 spouses, 3,935 children (3,516 natural, 124 adopted, 295 stepchildren), 435 grandchildren, 93 brothers or sisters, 117 parents, 140 other relatives, 373 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 3,463 (1,537 male householders (1,235 living alone)), 1,379 female householders (1,206 living alone)), 547 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 244 (206 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 3,348 2-persons, 970 3-persons, 673 4-persons, 322 5-persons, 145 6-persons, 75 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,441 1-person, 429 2-persons, 30 3-persons, 10 4-persons, 3 5-persons, 2 6-persons, 1 7-or-more-persons.

2,374 married couples with children.
765 single-parent households (231 men, 534 women).

97.3% of residents of Benton County speak English at home.
1.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (70% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 2% don't speak English at all).
1.1% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (87% speak English very well, 12% speak English well, 1% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (52% speak English very well, 48% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (85% speak English very well, 15% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $132,846,000 ($7173 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $7,350,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $76,088,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $30,568,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,639,000
Federal grants: $18,151,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,821,000 ($1,159,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $4,578,000 ($1,684,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $2,839,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $6,727,000
Federal Government insurance: $4,367,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 826
Here:

44 per 1000 residents
State:

69 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,299
Here:

69 per 1000 residents
State:

49 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: -1
Here -0 per 1000 residents
State +7 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +2,178
Here:

+116 per 1000 residents
State:

+5 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Benton County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.64 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.3
State:

6.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.2

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 113
  • 2000 to 2004: 2,111
  • 1990 to 1999: 2,959
  • 1980 to 1989: 2,097
  • 1970 to 1979: 2,230
  • 1960 to 1969: 1,556
  • 1950 to 1959: 1,339
  • 1940 to 1949: 450
  • 1939 or earlier: 1,195
Rooms in houses/apartments in Benton County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 25
  • 2 rooms: 56
  • 3 rooms: 345
  • 4 rooms: 1,112
  • 5 rooms: 1,904
  • 6 rooms: 1,298
  • 7 rooms: 726
  • 8 rooms: 356
  • 9+ rooms: 275
  • 1 room: 2
  • 2 rooms: 79
  • 3 rooms: 197
  • 4 rooms: 357
  • 5 rooms: 343
  • 6 rooms: 188
  • 7 rooms: 105
  • 8 rooms: 28
  • 9+ rooms: 24
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Benton County, Missouri
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 25
  • 1 bedroom: 391
  • 2 bedrooms: 2,201
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,731
  • 4 bedrooms: 637
  • 5+ bedrooms: 112
  • no bedroom: 2
  • 1 bedroom: 279
  • 2 bedrooms: 536
  • 3 bedrooms: 420
  • 4 bedrooms: 80
  • 5+ bedrooms: 6
Cars and other vehicles available in Benton County, Missouri in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 231
  • 1 vehicle: 1,842
  • 2 vehicles: 2,650
  • 3 vehicles: 1,073
  • 4 vehicles: 172
  • 5+ vehicles: 129
  • no vehicle: 227
  • 1 vehicle: 609
  • 2 vehicles: 342
  • 3 vehicles: 111
  • 4 vehicles: 14
  • 5+ vehicles: 20

56% of Benton County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 34% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 67% lived in Missouri.

Benton County:

56.3%
State average:

54.3%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 11345
  • Northeast: 331
  • Midwest: 2876
  • South: 1394
  • West: 1074

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $65,200


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 6%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 5%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Benton County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (44.5%)
  • Electricity (38.6%)
  • Wood (14.0%)
  • Utility gas (1.5%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (48.3%)
  • Electricity (38.1%)
  • Wood (9.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (2.7%)
  • Utility gas (1.0%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 108
Here:

6.3%
Missouri:

13.7%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 22
Here:

2.7%
Missouri:

11.6%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 18
Here:

7.2%
Missouri:

24.9%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Benton County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - Regular Highways: $125,000
    General Public Buildings: $54,000
    Police Protection: $10,000
  • Current Operations - Regular Highways: $950,000
    Police Protection: $705,000
    Financial Administration: $329,000
    General - Other: $230,000
    Central Staff Services: $226,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $221,000
    Corrections - Other: $138,000
    General Public Buildings: $65,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $56,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Regular Highways: $355,000
    Police Protection: $105,000
    Judicial: $22,000
    Central Staff: $15,000
    Financial Administration: $8,000
    General Public Building: $1,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $1,586,000

Benton County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $300,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Support: $107,000
    All Other: $2,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $105,000
  • Miscellaneous - Property Sale Other: $137,000
    Interest Earnings: $114,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $102,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $490,000
    All Other: $121,000
    General Support: $37,000
  • Tax - Total General Sales: $1,380,000
    Property: $465,000
    NEC: $28,000

Benton County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $1,200,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 473
  • Number of aged recipients: 43
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 430
  • Number of recipients under 18: 59
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 334
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 80
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 206
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 243
Benton County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
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Benton County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

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Most common first names in Benton County, MO among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John15876.9 years
William15176.7 years
Charles10872.6 years
James10372.2 years
Mary10179.5 years
Robert9870.4 years
George8376.0 years
Helen6178.9 years
Dorothy5879.8 years
Ruth4779.0 years
Most common last names in Benton County, MO among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith9375.0 years
Davis5179.2 years
Johnson4973.3 years
Harms4381.5 years
Williams4278.2 years
Meyer4081.3 years
Brown3573.7 years
Miller3473.7 years
Balke3379.3 years
Eckhoff3381.4 years
Businesses in Benton County, MO
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1SONIC Drive-In1
FedEx1Subway1
Ford1T-Mobile1
H&R Block1U-Haul2
La-Z-Boy1UPS1
McDonald's1Walmart1