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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population33,613
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens13.6%
Employed Population 16+16,114
Age of the Population35

Families

% of people married51.7%
Average household size3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher28.1%
Median Earnings25+$36,549
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$22,973
Median Earnings With High School Degree$26,950

Wealth

Median Family Income$71,142
% Above Poverty Level90.7%
% Below Poverty Level9.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time24 minutes
% Working from Home1.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work0.8%
% Using Public Transportation0.1%

Housing

People Living Alone26%
Median Gross Rent$740
Median House Value$138,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)28.3%
English13.3%
German11.4%
Irish10%
French Except Basque2.8%
Dutch2.3%
Scottish2.3%
Italian1.7%
Polish0.8%
Danishn0.6%
Welsh0.6%
Swedish0.5%
Norwegian0.5%
Czech0.3%
Austrian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Swiss0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Slovene0.1%
Hungarian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
Syrian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Greek0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Portuguese0.1%
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Benton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Saline County
Standard Zip Codes72019, 72015, 72022
P.O. Box Zip Codes72018, 72158
Phone Area Codes501
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude34.56
Approximate Longitude-92.57

Benton Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

StationBENTON
Distance0.8 miles
Jan Temp27 to 52 F
Apr Temp47 to 74 F
Jul Temp69 to 92 F
Oct Temp48 to 76 F
Annual Precip53.2 inches
StationMALVERN
Distance18.8 miles
Jan Temp30 to 52 F
Apr Temp48 to 76 F
Jul Temp68 to 93 F
Oct Temp49 to 76 F
Annual Precip56.5 inches
StationALUM FORK
Distance22.1 miles
Jan Temp27 to 48 F
Apr Temp47 to 71 F
Jul Temp69 to 91 F
Oct Temp49 to 74 F
Annual Precip55.1 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Alexander2,794$37,578
Bauxite470$42,273
Bryant19,529$74,581
Haskell4,376$70,028
Traskwood395$68,000
Tull585$67,500

Benton Public Libraries

Saline County Library
1800 SMITHERS DRIVE
Benton, Arkansas
(501) 778-4766

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Benton Hospitals

Rivendell Behavioral Health Services
(Proprietary)
100 Rivendell Drive
(501) 316-1255
Saline Memorial Hospital
(Non-profit)
1 Medical Park Drive
(501) 776-6000

Benton Public Schools

Angie Grant Elementary School
1124 Hoover St
ZIP: 72015
Primary
Total Enrollment 587
Benton High School
211 Border St
ZIP: 72015
High
Total Enrollment 1099
Benton Junior High School
411 Border St
ZIP: 72015
Other
Total Enrollment 817
Benton Middle School
204 N Cox St
ZIP: 72015
Middle
Total Enrollment 757
Caldwell Elementary School
1800 W Sevier St
ZIP: 72015
Primary
Total Enrollment 558
Harmony Grove High School
2621 Hwy 229
ZIP: 72015
High
Total Enrollment 366
Harmony Grove Middle School
2621 Hwy 229
ZIP: 72015
Middle
Total Enrollment 343
Hurricane Creek Elementary
6091 Alcoa Rd
ZIP: 72015
Primary
Total Enrollment 545
Perrin Elementary School
1201 Smithers Dr
ZIP: 72015
Primary
Total Enrollment 670
Ringgold Elementary School
536 River St
ZIP: 72015
Primary
Total Enrollment 607
Salem Elementary School
2701 Salem Rd
ZIP: 72015
Primary
Total Enrollment 621
Westbrook Elementary School
2621 Hwy 229
ZIP: 72015
Primary
Total Enrollment 464

Benton Private Schools

Our Lady Of Fatima Catholic School
818 W Cross St
ZIP: 72015
Elementary
Total Enrollment 66
Victory Baptist Academy
5364 Highway 67
ZIP: 72015
Combined Elementary And Secondary
Total Enrollment 46
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