Benton County, Tennessee
|Benton County, Tennessee|
Benton County Courthouse in Camden
Location in the state of Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
|Founded||December 19, 1835|
|Named for||David Benton (early settler)|
|• Total||436 sq mi (1,130 km2)|
|• Land||395 sq mi (1,023 km2)|
|• Water||41 sq mi (107 km2), 9.48%|
|• Density||42/sq mi (16/km²)|
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
Benton County is located in northwest Tennessee, bordering the western branch of the Tennessee River and 30 miles south of the Kentucky border. Aside from Camden, other major communities include agrarian communities Big Sandy and Holladay. It is known well in the area for its duck hunting and fishing industries, and in the past, was recognized for sorghum production, although it is no longer produced there.
Benton County was formed in 1835 from part of Humphreys County. It was named in honor of David Benton (1779–1860), who was an early settler in the county and a member of the Third Regiment, Tennessee Militia in the Creek War.
- Stewart County (northeast)
- Houston County (northeast)
- Humphreys County (east)
- Perry County (southeast)
- Decatur County (south)
- Carroll County (west)
- Henry County (northwest)
National protected area
State protected areas
- Big Sandy Wildlife Management Area (part)
- Camden Wildlife Management Area
- Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
- Harmon Creek Wildlife Management Area
- Lick Creek Wildlife Management Area
- Natchez Trace State Forest (part)
- Natchez Trace State Park (part)
- New Hope Wildlife Management Area
As of the census of 2000, there were 16,537 people, 6,863 households, and 4,886 families residing in the county. The population density was 42 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 8,595 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.44% White, 2.10% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 6,863 households out of which 27.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 9.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.80% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.82.
In the county, the population was spread out with 22.00% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 27.00% from 45 to 64, and 17.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 93.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $28,679, and the median income for a family was $32,727. Males had a median income of $29,177 versus $19,038 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,646. About 11.90% of families and 15.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.90% of those under age 18 and 11.70% of those age 65 or over.
Of the 16,459 people leaving in Benton County .03 percent are on some form of state advised probation.
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The Camden Chronicle
- Johnathan K.T. Smith, "Benton County," Tennessee Encyclopedia of History and Culture. Retrieved: 31 March 2013.
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved November 29, 2013.
- Based on 2000 census data
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
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- Benton County, TN Government Web Site
- Benton County-Camden Chamber of Commerce
- Benton County Schools
- Benton County at DMOZ
||Henry County||Stewart County and Houston County|
|Carroll County||Humphreys County|
|Decatur County||Perry County|