Benton County, Iowa

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Benton County, Iowa
Benton County IA Courthouse.jpg
Map of Iowa highlighting Benton County
Location in the U.S. state of Iowa
Map of the United States highlighting Iowa
Iowa's location in the U.S.
Founded 1837
Named for Thomas Hart Benton
Seat Vinton
Largest city Vinton
Area
 • Total 718 sq mi (1,860 km2)
 • Land 716 sq mi (1,854 km2)
 • Water 2.2 sq mi (6 km2), 0.3%
Population
 • (2010) 26,076
 • Density 36/sq mi (14/km2)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC−6/−5
Website www.bentoncountyiowa.org

Benton County is a county in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 26,076.[1] Its county seat is Vinton.[2] The county is named for Thomas Hart Benton, a U.S. Senator from Missouri.

Benton County is part of the Cedar Rapids, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area.[3]

History[edit]

Benton County was formed on December 21, 1837 from sections of Dubuque County. It was named after US Senator Thomas Hart Benton.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 718 square miles (1,860 km2), of which 716 square miles (1,850 km2) is land and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) (0.3%) is water.[5]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850672
18608,4961,164.3%
187022,454164.3%
188024,88810.8%
189024,178−2.9%
190025,1774.1%
191023,156−8.0%
192024,0804.0%
193022,851−5.1%
194022,8790.1%
195022,656−1.0%
196023,4223.4%
197022,885−2.3%
198023,6493.3%
199022,429−5.2%
200025,30812.8%
201026,0763.0%
Est. 201625,699[6]−1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

2010 census[edit]

The 2010 census recorded a population of 26,076 in the county, with a population density of 36.419/sq mi (14.061/km2). There were 11,095 housing units, of which 10,302 were occupied.[11]

2000 census[edit]

2000 Census Age Pyramid for Benton County

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 25,308 people, 9,746 households, and 7,056 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 10,377 housing units at an average density of 14 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.84% White, 0.20% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.11% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. 0.62% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,746 households out of which 34.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.70% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.6% were non-families. 23.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.4% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 29.3% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.8 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,427, and the median income for a family was $49,701. Males had a median income of $35,044 versus $23,978 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,891. About 4.6% of families and 6.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.2% of those under age 18 and 7.0% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Benton County is divided into twenty townships:

Census-designated place[edit]

Population ranking[edit]

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Benton County.[13]

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)

1 Vinton City 5,257
2 Belle Plaine City 2,534
3 Atkins City 1,670
4 Walford (partially in Linn County) City 1,463
5 Urbana City 1,458
6 Shellsburg City 983
7 Newhall City 875
8 Blairstown City 692
9 Van Horne City 682
10 Keystone City 622
11 Norway City 545
12 Garrison City 371
13 Mount Auburn City 150
14 Watkins CDP 118
15 Luzerne City 96

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results
Presidential Elections Results[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 59.5% 8,232 33.8% 4,678 6.8% 934
2012 49.5% 6,940 48.9% 6,862 1.6% 221
2008 47.0% 6,447 51.5% 7,058 1.6% 212
2004 49.3% 6,658 50.0% 6,747 0.7% 96
2000 46.5% 5,468 50.3% 5,915 3.3% 383
1996 37.3% 3,835 54.0% 5,546 8.7% 898
1992 33.2% 3,469 42.8% 4,467 24.0% 2,503
1988 40.2% 4,011 58.9% 5,873 0.9% 93
1984 52.1% 5,566 46.8% 4,993 1.1% 119
1980 50.1% 5,329 39.7% 4,223 10.2% 1,083
1976 46.9% 5,014 51.5% 5,514 1.6% 175
1972 54.1% 5,273 43.9% 4,282 2.0% 194
1968 52.1% 5,016 40.9% 3,944 7.0% 675
1964 34.2% 3,453 65.6% 6,614 0.2% 17
1960 56.3% 5,972 43.6% 4,620 0.1% 9
1956 56.3% 5,634 39.4% 3,946 4.3% 426
1952 59.1% 6,316 35.8% 3,831 5.1% 542
1948 45.1% 3,770 50.3% 4,209 4.6% 388
1944 48.4% 4,378 51.1% 4,619 0.5% 42
1940 49.6% 5,298 50.2% 5,363 0.3% 32
1936 41.7% 4,144 56.4% 5,606 1.9% 184
1932 34.9% 3,424 61.8% 6,070 3.3% 325
1928 62.7% 5,669 36.6% 3,307 0.8% 69
1924 58.1% 5,314 16.0% 1,459 25.9% 2,369
1920 71.0% 6,539 25.5% 2,343 3.5% 325
1916 54.2% 3,189 43.4% 2,556 2.4% 143
1912 31.5% 1,831 42.6% 2,472 25.9% 1,505
1908 55.1% 3,180 41.9% 2,418 3.0% 175
1904 61.1% 3,609 34.8% 2,057 4.1% 241
1900 56.9% 3,609 40.6% 2,575 2.5% 160
1896 57.5% 3,604 40.8% 2,560 1.7% 104

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ United States Office of Management and Budget. "Update of Statistical Area Definitions and Guidance on Their Uses" (PDF). pp. 5, 36. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-05-14. Retrieved 2006-07-21. 
  4. ^ History of the Origin of the Place Names in Nine Northwestern States. 1908. p. 11. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  7. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 13, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Population and Housing Occupancy Status: 2010 - State -- County". United States Census Bureau American FactFinder. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  13. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-12-21. Retrieved 2016-02-13. 
  14. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-04-25. 

Coordinates: 42°04′47″N 92°04′03″W / 42.07972°N 92.06750°W / 42.07972; -92.06750