Introduction to Benton, Arkansas

Benton, Arkansas, in Saline county, is 21 miles SW of Little Rock, Arkansas (center to center) and 149 miles W of Memphis, Tennessee. This city is located in the Little Rock - North Little Rock area. About 21,906 people reside in Benton.

Benton History

The Europeans first arrived in Arkansas during the expedition of Hernando De Soto, a Spanish explorer, in the year 1541. The city of Benton was first settled in 1833. It was chartered when Arkansas became a state in the year 1836. The city was named after Thomas Hart Benton, a Senator from Missouri.

Benton and nearby Attractions

  • Saline County Public Library
  • Benton Square Shopping Center
  • Bernard W Holland Park
  • Penny Arcade
  • Gann Museum

Things To Do In Benton

Benton city has a range of shopping centers including the Lincoln Square Shopping Center, Benton Square Shopping Center, and Ferguson Plaza Shopping Center. There are many churches in Benton including the Bethel Missionary Baptist Church, Saint Matthews Episcopal Church, and Spring Creek Missionary Baptist Church. There are several parks, such as Lyle Park and Bernard W Holland Park, coupled with recreational facilities. Penny Arcade'is an amusement park that tourists will enjoy. Old Fashioned Day is a local festival held in the city of Benton.

Benton Transportation

Adams Field is the nearest airport to Benton city.

Benton Higher Education

Otts Aviation is located in Benton. There are other higher education institutes that can be attended from this city such as the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and Henderson State University.


Total Population 32,725
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 14%
Employed Population 16+ 15,136
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 51.4%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 27.2%
Median Earnings25+ $36,468
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $21,237
Median Earnings With High School Degree $26,721


Median Family Income $66,241
% Above Poverty Level 88.6%
% Below Poverty Level 11.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 24 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 26.3%
Median Gross Rent $746
Median House Value $137,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 29.7%
US/American 0%
English 12.5%
Irish 10.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Benton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles SW of Little Rock, Arkansas (center to center)
Nearest Large City 149 miles W of Memphis, Tennessee
County Saline
Metro Area Little Rock - North Little Rock
Standard Zip Codes 72015, 72022
P.O. Box Zip Codes 72018, 72158
Phone Area Codes 501
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.564
Longitude -92.586

Benton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BENTON
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 52 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 69 to 92 F
Oct Temp 48 to 76 F
Annual Precip 53.2 inches
Distance 18.8 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 52 F
Apr Temp 48 to 76 F
Jul Temp 68 to 93 F
Oct Temp 49 to 76 F
Annual Precip 56.5 inches
Distance 22.1 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 48 F
Apr Temp 47 to 71 F
Jul Temp 69 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 55.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alexander 2,809 $37,409
Bauxite 546 $40,313
Bryant 19,162 $72,185
Haskell 4,323 $61,833
Traskwood 401 $65,096
Tull 631 $67,917

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Benton Public Libraries

Saline County Library
Benton, Arkansas
(501) 778-4766
Library Web Site

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Benton Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(501) 776-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Benton High Schools

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Serves 854 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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Serves 234 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.6

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