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Benton County, Arkansas
Map of Arkansas highlighting Benton County
Location in the state of Arkansas
Map of the U.S. highlighting Arkansas
Arkansas's location in the U.S.
Founded 30 September 1836
Seat Bentonville
Largest city Rogers
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

880.24 sq mi (2,280 km²)
845.99 sq mi (2,191 km²)
34.25 sq mi (89 km²), 3.89%
 - (2010)
 - Density

262/sq mi (101/km²)

Benton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2000 census, the population was 153,406. The U.S. Census Bureau 2010 population is 221,339.[1] The county seat is Bentonville.[2] Benton County was formed on 30 September 1836 and was named after Thomas Hart Benton, a U.S. Senator from Missouri. It is a dry county; alcohol sales are prohibited, except in establishments with a private club liquor license.

Benton County is part of the FayettevilleSpringdaleRogers, AR-MO Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit | edit source]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 880.24 square miles (2,279.8 km2), of which 845.99 square miles (2,191.1 km2) (or 96.11%) is land and 34.25 square miles (88.7 km2) (or 3.89%) is water.[3] Most of the water is in Beaver Lake.

Transportation[edit | edit source]

The Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport is located near Highfill.

The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad parallels US Highways 62 and 71 in the county.

The historic Trail of Tears is on US highways 62 and 71, connects with another US route 412 in nearby Washington County.

Adjacent counties[edit | edit source]

National protected areas[edit | edit source]

Demographics[edit | edit source]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1840 2,228
1850 3,710 66.5%
1860 9,306 150.8%
1870 13,831 48.6%
1880 20,328 47.0%
1890 27,716 36.3%
1900 31,611 14.1%
1910 33,389 5.6%
1920 36,253 8.6%
1930 35,253 −2.8%
1940 36,148 2.5%
1950 38,076 5.3%
1960 36,272 −4.7%
1970 50,476 39.2%
1980 78,115 54.8%
1990 97,499 24.8%
2000 153,406 57.3%
2010 221,339 44.3%

Age pyramid Benton County[7]

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 153,406 people, 58,212 households, and 43,484 families residing in the county. The population density was 181 people per square mile (70/km²). There were 64,281 housing units at an average density of 76 per square mile (29/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.87% White, 0.41% Black or African American, 1.65% Native American, 1.09% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 4.08% from other races, and 1.82% from two or more races. 8.78% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

As of 2005 Benton County's population was 81.7% non-Hispanic white, while the percentage of Latinos grew by 60 percent in the time period. Latinos are attracted to the growth of light industrial jobs, home construction and service sector in the county. 1.1% of the population was African-American (perhaps the lowest in all of Arkansas); 1.6% was Native American (the historical presence of the Cherokee Indians live in close proximity to Oklahoma); 1.7% was Asian (there was a large influx of Filipinos, Vietnamese and South Asian immigrants arrived in recent decades) and 0.2% of the population was Pacific Islander. 1.6% reported two or more races, usually not black-white due to a minuscule African-American population. And 12.8% was Latino, but the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce believed the official estimate is underreported and Latinos could well be 20 percent of the population.[9]

There were 58,212 households out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.00% were married couples living together, 8.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.30% were non-families. 21.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.60% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 29.40% from 25 to 44, 21.10% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,281, and the median income for a family was $45,235. Males had a median income of $30,327 versus $22,469 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,377. About 7.30% of families and 10.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.80% of those under age 18 and 7.30% of those age 65 or over.

As of census 2010 the county population was 221,339. The racial makeup of the county was 76.18% Non-Hispanic white, 1.27% black, 1.69% Native American, 2.85% Asian, 0.30% Pacific Islander, 0.10% Non-Hispanics of some other race, 1.93% Non-Hispanics reporting two or more races and 15.49% Hispanic or Latino.

Benton County Corporations[edit | edit source]

Cities and towns[edit | edit source]

Census Designated Places (CDPs)[edit | edit source]

Townships[edit | edit source]

File:Benton County Arkansas 2010 Township Map small.jpg

Townships in Benton County, Arkansas as of 2010

Note: Most Arkansas counties have names for their townships. Benton County, however, has numbers instead of names.

Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas and some may have incorporated towns or cities within part of their space. Townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the US Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (often referred to as "minor civil divisions"). Townships are also of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research. Each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps. The townships of Benton County are listed below with the town(s) and/or city that are fully or partially inside them listed in parentheses.


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Coordinates: 36°21′08″N 94°14′03″W / 36.35222, -94.23417

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