Benton Township, Adair County, Missouri

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Benton Township, Missouri
Map highlighting Benton Township, Adair County, Missouri.svg
Coordinates: 40°11′41″N 092°34′49″W / 40.19472°N 92.58028°W / 40.19472; -92.58028Coordinates: 40°11′41″N 092°34′49″W / 40.19472°N 92.58028°W / 40.19472; -92.58028
Country United States
State Missouri
County Adair
 • Total 80.3 sq mi (207.9 km2)
 • Land 79.2 sq mi (205.2 km2)
 • Water 1.0 sq mi (2.6 km2)  1.27%
Elevation[1] 984 ft (300 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 19,700
 • Density 249/sq mi (96.0/km2)
FIPS code 29-04546[2]
GNIS feature ID 0766210

Benton Township is one of ten townships in Adair County, Missouri, United States. As of the 2010 census, its population was 19,700.[3] It is named for Thomas Hart Benton, US senator from Missouri.[4]


Benton Township covers an area of 80.26 square miles (207.9 km2) and contains one incorporated settlement, Kirksville (the county seat). It contains twelve cemeteries: Bear Creek, Cater, Collett, Forest-Llewellyn, Highland Park, Maple Hills, Oak Grove, Ownbey, Park View Memorial Gardens, Prough, Sloans Point and Waddill.

The streams of Billy Creek, Dave Branch, Gill Branch and Willis Branch run through this township.


Benton Township contains a heliport for medical ambulance Air Evac Lifeteam, and a heliport at Northeast Regional Medical Center also exists. Major highways in Benton Township include U.S. Highway 63, Missouri Highway 6, and Missouri Highway 11.


Benton Township contains A.T. Still University, Truman State University, and the Kirksville campus of Moberly Area Community College. Primary and secondary education is provided by Kirksville R-3 School District for the majority of Benton Township residents. However, a portion in the western part attend Adair County R-1 in Novinger.


  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Benton township, Adair County, Missouri". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved June 19, 2013. 
  4. ^ Violette, E. M. (1911). History of Adair County. The Denslow History Company. p. 39. 

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