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Overview

Introduction to Benton, Illinois

Benton, Illinois, in Franklin county, is 74 miles W of Evansville, Indiana (center to center) and 85 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri.

Benton History

The city of Benton is the county seat of Franklin County, which was founded on January 2, 1818 and was named in honor of Benjamin Franklin. The county was also platted in 1818. Benton, which was named after Thomas Hart Benton, a senator from Missouri, was incorporated in 1902. The city grew and developed due to the fertile soil that facilitated agriculture. Because of multiple railroads in Benton, industry also grew and flourished.

Benton and Nearby Attractions

  • Beall Woods State Park
  • New Harmony State Historic Site
  • Gen. John A. Logan Museum
  • Wayne Fitzgerrell State Recreation Area
  • Rend Lake

Things To Do In Benton

People may visit parks like Lake Murphysboro State Park, Ferne Clyffe State Park, Stephen A. Forbes State Park, and Fort Massac State Park. There are several museums nearby including Cape River Heritage Museum, Heritage House Museum, and William Jennings Bryan Museum. Places of historical significance, such as the New Harmony State Historic Site and the Bollinger Mill State Historic Site, may also be visited. Local churches include First Free Will Baptist Church, North Benton Missionary Baptist Church, and Saint Joseph Catholic Church.

Benton Transportation

Williamson County Regional Airport is nearby.

Benton Higher Education

Colleges nearby include Southern Illinois University-Carbondale, John A Logan College, and Southeast Missouri State University.

Demographics

People

Total Population7,148
Male Share of the Population48.4%
Female Share of the Population51.6%
Senior Citizens20%
Employed Population 16+2,901
Age of the Population40

Families

% of people married42.1%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher22.3%
Median Earnings25+$29,063
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$20,179
Median Earnings With High School Degree$24,240

Wealth

Median Family Income$46,942
% Above Poverty Level76.8%
% Below Poverty Level23.2%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home1.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.9%
% Using Public Transportation0.3%

Housing

People Living Alone40.6%
Median Gross Rent$652
Median House Value$67,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)18.2%
German16.3%
Irish10.9%
English9.7%
Italian4.6%
Polish3.1%
Scottish1.8%
French Except Basque1.5%
Swedish0.9%
Lithuanian0.8%
Dutch0.6%
Welsh0.5%
African0.5%
Czech0.4%
Portuguese0.2%
Greek0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Jamaican0.1%
West Indian0.1%
Bulgarian0.1%
Canadian0.1%
Belgian0.1%
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Benton Almanac

CategoryValue
County Franklin County
Standard Zip Codes62812
Phone Area Codes618
Time ZoneAmerica/Chicago
Approximate Latitude38
Approximate Longitude-88.91

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 2 N
Distance2.5 miles
Jan Temp21 to 39 F
Apr Temp45 to 67 F
Jul Temp68 to 90 F
Oct Temp45 to 69 F
Annual Precip43.1 inches
StationDU QUOIN 4 SE
Distance15.3 miles
Jan Temp22 to 40 F
Apr Temp45 to 68 F
Jul Temp68 to 90 F
Oct Temp45 to 71 F
Annual Precip44.1 inches
StationMCLEANSBORO
Distance21 miles
Jan Temp20 to 39 F
Apr Temp43 to 66 F
Jul Temp66 to 89 F
Oct Temp43 to 70 F
Annual Precip43.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Buckner467$34,000
Ewing294$47,000
Orient350$36,146

Benton Public Libraries

Benton Public Library District
502 SOUTH MAIN STREET
Benton, Illinois
(618) 438-7511

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Benton Hospitals

Franklin Hospital
(Government - District/authority)
201 Bailey Lane
(618) 439-3761

Benton Public Schools

Benton Cons High School
511 E Main St
ZIP: 62812
(618) 439-3103
High
Total Enrollment 584
Benton Grade Sch 5-8
1000 Forrest St
ZIP: 62812
(618) 438-4011
Middle
Total Enrollment 481
Benton Grade Sch K-4
1000 E Mckenzie St
ZIP: 62812
(618) 438-7181
Primary
Total Enrollment 735
Echo Juvenile Detention Ctr Program
409 E Washington St
ZIP: 62812
(618) 983-6628
Other
Total Enrollment 21
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