Benton County, AR

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2022 Population
286,528
2.78% 1-year growth
US Senator
John Boozman
Republican Party
US Senator
Tom Cotton
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
35.7
0.281% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
7.88%
2.4% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$85,269
10.9% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$254,000
20.3% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
142,914
4.23% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Benton County, AR had a population of 287k people with a median age of 35.7 and a median household income of $85,269. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Benton County, AR grew from 278,774 to 286,528, a 2.78% increase and its median household income grew from $76,887 to $85,269, a 10.9% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Benton County, AR are White (Non-Hispanic) (64.6%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (10.2%), White (Hispanic) (7.29%), Two+ (Hispanic) (6.37%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (4.16%).

None of the households in Benton County, AR reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

91.9% of the residents in Benton County, AR are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Benton County, AR are NorthWest Arkansas Community College (2,045 degrees awarded in 2022), John Brown University (511 degrees), and Academy of Professional Cosmetology (64 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Benton County, AR was $254,000, and the homeownership rate was 67.8%.

Most people in Benton County, AR drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 20.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Benton County, AR was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Benton County, AR is home to a population of 287k people, from which 91.9% are citizens. As of 2022, 11.6% of Benton County, AR residents were born outside of the country (33.2k people).

In 2022, there were 6.34 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (185k people) in Benton County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 29.2k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 20.9k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

91.9%
2022 Citizenship
91.7%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 91.9% of Benton County, AR residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Benton County, AR was 91.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Benton County, AR
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    185k ± 2.83k
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    29.2k ± 2.8k
  3. White (Hispanic)
    20.9k ± 1.6k
17.4%
Hispanic Population
49.7k people

In 2022, there were 6.34 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (185k people) in Benton County, AR than any other race or ethnicity. There were 29.2k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 20.9k White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

17.4% of the people in Benton County, AR are hispanic (49.7k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    62,018 ± 6,050 people
  2. El Salvador
    15,360 ± 3,035 people
  3. India
    9,985 ± 2,449 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Arkansas was Mexico, the natal country of 62,018 Arkansas residents, followed by El Salvador with 15,360 and India with 9,985.

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Foreign-Born Population

11.6%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
33.2k people
11.9%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
33.2k people

As of 2022, 11.6% of Benton County, AR residents (33.2k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Benton County, AR was 11.9%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    4,635 ± 520
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    3,984 ± 519
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    2,239 ± 355

Benton County, AR has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.16 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Benton County, AR employs 143k people. The largest industries in Benton County, AR are Retail Trade (30,737 people), Manufacturing (17,610 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (14,423 people), and the highest paying industries are Management of Companies & Enterprises ($76,652), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($75,060), and Wholesale Trade ($70,150).

Males in Arkansas have an average income that is 1.35 times higher than the average income of females, which is $50,335. The income inequality in Arkansas (measured using the Gini index) is 0.452, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

143k
2022 Value
± 3,164
4.23%
1 Year growth
± 2.95%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Benton County, AR grew at a rate of 4.23%, from 137k employees to 143k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benton County, AR, are Sales & Related Occupations (16,906 people), Management Occupations (16,489 people), and Office & Administrative Support Occupations (15,031 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benton County, AR.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

143k
2022 Value
± 3,164
4.23%
1 Year growth
± 2.95%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Benton County, AR grew at a rate of 4.23%, from 137k employees to 143k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benton County, AR, are Retail Trade (30,737 people), Manufacturing (17,610 people), and Health Care & Social Assistance (14,423 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Benton County, AR, though some of these residents may live in Benton County, AR and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$55,198
Median earning men ± $1,462
$39,483
Median earning women ± $1,379

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Information ($75,625), Wholesale Trade ($70,472), and Retail Trade ($69,508).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Wholesale Trade ($68,750), Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($49,276), and Retail Trade ($48,914).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.24%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.35M people employed in Arkansas. This represents a 2.24% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 8.69%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 2,150
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 1,963
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services
  3. 1,416
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Benton County, AR went to Donald J. Trump with 61.7% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (35.2%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.64%).

John Boozman and Tom Cotton are the senators currently representing the state of Arkansas. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Arkansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Arkansas

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John Boozman
Senator from Arkansas3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Tom Cotton
Senator from Arkansas2
Assumed office on January 3, 2015

John Boozman and Tom Cotton are the senators currently representing Arkansas.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Arkansas

Arkansas is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Benton County, AR awarded 2,681 degrees. The student population of Benton County, AR in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 4,075 male students and 6,136 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Benton County, AR are White (1,754 and 67.2%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (487 and 18.6%), Two or More Races (155 and 5.93%), and Asian (77 and 2.95%).

The largest universities in Benton County, AR by number of degrees awarded are NorthWest Arkansas Community College (2,045 and 76.3%), John Brown University (511 and 19.1%), and Academy of Professional Cosmetology (64 and 2.39%).

The most popular majors in Benton County, AR are Liberal Arts & Sciences (836 and 31.2%), General Business Administration & Management (211 and 7.87%), and General Studies (199 and 7.42%).

The median tuition cost in Benton County, AR for private four year colleges is $22,087.

Applicants, Admissions & Enrolled

University
Measure

In 2022 in Benton County, AR, the percentage of applicants admitted was 56.5%, while the percentage of admitted who enrolled was 36.9%. The number of students enrolled in 2022 was 10,211 (39.9% men and 60.1% women).

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Enrollments by Gender and Races

Universities

In 2022 there were 10,211 students enrolled in Benton County, AR, 39.9% men and 60.1% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in White with 6,400 records, of which 59.1% were women and 40.9% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 128 degrees awarded
  2. 609 degrees awarded
  3. 193 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for Associates Degree recipients in Benton County, AR was General Business Administration & Management with 128 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a Associates Degree from schools in Benton County, AR according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 2,045 degrees awarded
  2. 511 degrees awarded
  3. 64 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was NorthWest Arkansas Community College with 2,045 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

University

In 2022, 913 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Benton County, AR, which is 0.516 times less than the 1,768 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was White students. These 1,754 degrees mean that there were 3.6 times more degrees awarded to White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 487 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Universities

Private not-for-profit, 4-year or above ($22,087) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($1,601) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private for-profit, 2-year ($1,568) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.946% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.851% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (793k), Some college (528k), and Secondary Education (350k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benton County, AR was $254,000 in 2022, which is 0.901 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $211,100 to $254,000, a 20.3% increase. The homeownership rate in Benton County, AR is 67.8%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Benton County, AR have an average commute time of 20.8 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Benton County, AR is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Benton County, AR is $85,269. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Benton County, AR was Census Tract 213.06 with a value of $208,750, followed by Census Tract 213.08 and Census Tract 206.06, with respective values of $155,846 and $147,361.

In 2022, 11.7% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Benton County, AR. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.55%.

Property

$254,000
Median Property Value 2022
±$5,740
$70,667
Median Property Taxes
±$2,040

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Benton County, AR the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

67.8%
Homeownership
2022
65.9%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 67.8% of the housing units in Benton County, AR were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 67%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 213.06
  2. Census Tract 213.08
  3. Census Tract 206.06

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Benton County, AR was Census Tract 213.06 with a value of $208,750, followed by Census Tract 213.08 and Census Tract 206.06, with respective values of $155,846 and $147,361.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Benton County, AR colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$85,269
Median Household Income
± $1,607
104k
Number of Households
± 2,517

In 2022, the median household income of the 104k households in Benton County, AR grew to $85,269 from the previous year's value of $76,887.

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, AR distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Benton County, AR is from Arkansas.
0.452
2022 Wage GINI in Arkansas
0.45
2021 Wage GINI in Arkansas

In 2022, the income inequality in Arkansas was 0.452 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.376% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Arkansas was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Arkansas in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (77.2%)
  2. Worked At Home (12.7%)
  3. Carpooled (8.14%)

In 2022, 77.2% of workers in Benton County, AR drove alone to work, followed by those who worked at home (12.7%) and those who carpooled to work (8.14%).

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Commute Time

20.8 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benton County, AR have a shorter commute time (20.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 0.928% of the workforce in Benton County, AR have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 11.7% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Benton County, AR. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 1.55%.

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Poverty & Diversity

7.88% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benton County, AR (22.3k out of 283k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 6 - 11 and then Males < 5.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Benton County, AR is White, followed by Hispanic and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 12.5% of the children was living in poverty in Benton County, AR. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 6.5%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 275 in Benton County, AR. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 17.3 per 100,000 population.

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Health

90.6% of the population of Benton County, AR has health coverage, with 54.8% on employee plans, 14.3% on Medicaid, 10.8% on Medicare, 9.16% on non-group plans, and 1.49% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Benton County, AR see 1662 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (1662 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2367 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 434 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.6% were men and 50.4% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,662 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Benton County, AR

Primary care physicians in Benton County, AR see an average of 1,662 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (1,662 patients).

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 27.2% under 18 years, 21.8% between 18 and 34 years, 37.7% between 35 and 64 years, and 13.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.6% were men and 50.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

9.35%
Uninsured
54.8%
Employer Coverage
14.3%
Medicaid
10.8%
Medicare
9.16%
Non-Group
1.49%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benton County, AR grew by 0.898% from 9.27% to 9.35%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 53.6 in Benton County, AR.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 29.8% in Benton County, AR.

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Clinical Care

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 11.1% in Benton County, AR.

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