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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.

People

Total Population 7,319
Male Share of the Population 48.6%
Female Share of the Population 51.4%
Senior Citizens 17.9%
Employed Population 16+ 2,985
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 41.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.8%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $50,598
% Above Poverty Level 76.6%
% Below Poverty Level 23.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 1.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.7%

Housing

People Living Alone 37.1%
Median Gross Rent $641
Median House Value $66,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 22.4%
US/American 0%
English 10.9%
Irish 11.4%

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

Benton Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 74 miles W of Evansville, Indiana (center to center)
Nearest Large City 85 miles SE of St. Louis, Missouri
County Franklin
Standard Zip Codes 62812
Phone Area Codes 618
Time Zone Central (-6 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.996
Longitude -88.92

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)

Station BENTON 2 N
Distance 2.5 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 39 F
Apr Temp 45 to 67 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 69 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches
Station DU QUOIN 4 SE
Distance 15.3 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 40 F
Apr Temp 45 to 68 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.1 inches
Station MCLEANSBORO
Distance 21 miles
Jan Temp 20 to 39 F
Apr Temp 43 to 66 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 43 to 70 F
Annual Precip 43.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Benton, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Barren (62812)

Eastern (62812)

Rend City (62812)

Steel City (62812)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Buckner 428 $32,159
Ewing 265 $43,750

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

Benton Public Libraries

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502 S. MAIN STREET
Benton, Illinois
(618) 438-7511
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Benton High Schools

BENTON CONS HIGH SCHOOL
511 E MAIN ST
618-439-3103
A Title I School.
Serves 650 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

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