Benton, TN Population

By | June 29, 2019

Population: 1,138. Estimated population in 2021: 1,103 (-3.1% change)
Males: 544 (47.8%), Females: 594 (52.2%)

Polk County

Zip code: 37307

Median resident age: 37.3 years
Median household income: $22,667
Median house value: $64,200

Races in Benton:

  • White Non-Hispanic (98.4%)
  • American Indian (0.8%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
  • Hispanic (0.5%)

Ancestries: United States (14.9%), Irish (9.7%), German (5.7%), English (4.0%), Dutch (3.1%), Scotch-Irish (2.1%).

Elevation: 748 feet

Land area: 2.3 square miles

Population

For population 25 years and over in Benton

  • High school or higher: 50.1%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 6.0%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 1.4%
  • Unemployed: 9.3%
  • Mean travel time to work: 26.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Benton town

  • Never married: 17.0%
  • Now married: 56.0%
  • Separated: 2.3%
  • Widowed: 11.9%
  • Divorced: 12.9%

0.0% Foreign born

Population change in the 1990s: +151 (+15.3%).

Hospitals

Hospitals/medical centers near Benton:

Airports

Airports certified for carrier operations nearest to Benton:

  • LOVELL FIELD (about 40 miles; CHATTANOOGA, TN; Abbreviation: CHA)
  • MC GHEE TYSON (about 64 miles; KNOXVILLE, TN; Abbreviation: TYS)
  • RICHARD B RUSSELL (about 67 miles; ROME, GA; Abbreviation: RMG)
Other public-use airports nearest to Benton:

  • CHILHOWEE (about 6 miles; BENTON, TN; Abbreviation: 92A)
  • HARDWICK FIELD (about 12 miles; CLEVELAND, TN; Abbreviation: HDI)
  • MCMINN COUNTY (about 17 miles; ATHENS, TN; Abbreviation: MMI)

Colleges and Universities

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Benton:

  • LEE UNIVERSITY (about 15 miles; CLEVELAND, TN; Full-time enrollment: 3,171)
  • CLEVELAND STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 15 miles; CLEVELAND, TN; Full-time enrollment: 2,022)
  • CHATTANOOGA STATE TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 43 miles; CHATTANOOGA, TN; Full-time enrollment: 4,821)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE-CHATTANOOGA (about 46 miles; CHATTANOOGA, TN; Full-time enrollment: 6,914)
  • ROANE STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 53 miles; HARRIMAN, TN; Full-time enrollment: 3,490)
  • NORTH GEORGIA COLLEGE AND STATE UNIVERSITY (about 65 miles; DAHLONEGA, GA; Full-time enrollment: 3,119)
  • THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE (about 74 miles; KNOXVILLE, TN; Full-time enrollment: 23,333)

Schools

Public high school in Benton:

  • POLK COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL (Students: 526; Location: 7200 HIGHWAY 411 NORTH; Grades: 09 – 12)
Public primary/middle schools in Benton:

  • BENTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL (Students: 513; Location: P O BOX 190; Grades: KG – 05)
  • CHILHOWEE MIDDLE SCHOOL (Students: 424; Location: P O BOX 188; Grades: 06 – 08)

Libraries

Library in Benton:

  • BENTON PUBLIC LIBRARY (Operating income: $10,239; Location: HWY 411; 2,762 books; 53 video materials)

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