Benton, Columbia County, Pennsylvania

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Benton, Columbia County, Pennsylvania
View north on PA 487 in Benton in October 2012
View north on PA 487 in Benton in October 2012
Official logo of Benton, Columbia County, Pennsylvania
Keystone Marker
Map showing Benton in Columbia County
Map showing Benton in Columbia County
Map showing Columbia County in Pennsylvania
Map showing Columbia County in Pennsylvania
Benton, Columbia County, Pennsylvania is located in Pennsylvania
Benton, Columbia County, Pennsylvania
Benton, Columbia County, Pennsylvania
Coordinates: 41°11′46″N 76°23′00″W / 41.19611°N 76.38333°W / 41.19611; -76.38333Coordinates: 41°11′46″N 76°23′00″W / 41.19611°N 76.38333°W / 41.19611; -76.38333
Country United States
State Pennsylvania
County Columbia
Settled 1833
Incorporated 1894
 • Type Borough Council
 • Total 0.6 sq mi (1.7 km2)
Population (2010)
 • Total 824
 • Density 1,503.6/sq mi (576.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
Zip code 17814
Area code(s) 570

Benton is a borough in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. The population was 824 at the 2010 census.[1] It is part of the BloomsburgBerwick Micropolitan Statistical Area.


Bird's eye view of Benton

Benton is located at 41°11′46″N 76°23′0″W / 41.19611°N 76.38333°W / 41.19611; -76.38333 (41.196144, -76.383354).[2] According to the United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2), all of it land. Fishing Creek (North Branch Susquehanna River) runs through the eastern part of Benton.

Major Roads[3][edit]

Main Street (Pennsylvania Route 487) in Benton, Columbia County, Pennsylvania looking north

Benton is served by the following major roads:


The Benton area was first settled by two families in 1792. A schoolhouse was opened in 1799. Starting around 1860, tanning and lumber industries began to grow north of the borough. By 1868, Benton had about fifty houses. The Benton dam was built in 1915.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 635
1910 719 13.2%
1920 696 −3.2%
1930 733 5.3%
1940 786 7.2%
1950 890 13.2%
1960 981 10.2%
1970 1,027 4.7%
1980 981 −4.5%
1990 958 −2.3%
2000 955 −0.3%
2010 824 −13.7%
Est. 2012 819 −0.6%

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 955 people, 394 households, and 265 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,503.6 people per square mile (576.1/km²). There were 436 housing units at an average density of 686.5 per square mile (263.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.69% White, 0.10% African American, and 0.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.10% of the population.

There were 394 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.95.

In the borough the population was spread out with 25.9% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.9 males.

The median income for a household in the borough was $27,986, and the median income for a family was $32,125. Males had a median income of $28,015 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $12,831. About 15.2% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.0% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.


Benton is in the Benton Area School District. The Appleman Elementary school is also in Benton. The nearest college with over 2000 students is the Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania.[1]