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Benton, Iowa - Basic Facts

The City of Benton had a population of 45 as of July 1, 2016. Benton ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and the upper quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Iowa. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Benton is located at latitude 40.7043 and longitude -94.3599 in Ringgold County. The formal boundaries for the City of Benton (see map below) encompass a land area of 0.67 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Ringgold County is in the Central time zone (GMT -6). The elevation is 1,083 feet.

The City of Benton (GNIS ID: 2394141) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The City of Benton is located within Township of Waubonsie, a minor civil division (MCD) of Ringgold County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Benton population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Benton, IA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 45
Population in Households 42
Population in Familes 36
Population in Group Qrtrs 3
Population Density1 67
Diversity Index2 16


Total Households 20
Average Household Size 2.1
Family Households 14
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 22 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 16 (72.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 4 (18.2%)
Vacant Housing Units 2 ( 9.1%)
Median Home Value $95,000
Average Home Value $196,667


Median Household Income $41,246
Average Household Income $64,856
Per Capita Income $23,340
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.5% 0.87%
Households 1.7% 0.98%
Families 1.19% 1.39%
Median Household Income   2.55%
Per Capita Income   2.47%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Benton, IA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Benton to the other 1,009 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Iowa by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 969 4th
Population Density1 # 982 3rd
Diversity Index2 # 191 81st
Median Household Income # 905 10th
Per Capita Income # 831 18th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Iowa Census Data Comparison Tool.