Benton County, MN

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2022 Population
41,300
0.518% 1-year growth
US Senator
Amy Klobuchar
Democratic (DFL) Party
US Senator
Tina Smith
Democratic (DFL) Party
2022 Median Age
36.2
0.556% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
9.32%
1.35% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$70,346
7.35% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$229,300
14.9% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Benton County, MN had a population of 41.3k people with a median age of 36.2 and a median household income of $70,346. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Benton County, MN grew from 41,087 to 41,300, a 0.518% increase and its median household income grew from $65,529 to $70,346, a 7.35% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Benton County, MN are White (Non-Hispanic) (87.2%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (5.5%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.68%), Other (Hispanic) (1.6%), and Asian (Non-Hispanic) (1%).

None of the households in Benton County, MN 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.

97.6% of the residents in Benton County, MN are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Benton County, MN was $229,300, and the homeownership rate was 66.5%.

Most people in Benton County, MN drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Benton County, MN was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Benton County, MN is home to a population of 41.3k people, from which 97.6% are citizens. As of 2022, 4.18% of Benton County, MN residents were born outside of the country (1.73k people).

In 2022, there were 15.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (36k people) in Benton County, MN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.27k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.11k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

97.6%
2022 Citizenship
97.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 97.6% of Benton County, MN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Benton County, MN was 97.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Benton County, MN
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    36k ± 173
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    2.27k ± 227
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    1.11k ± 266
3.07%
Hispanic Population
1.27k people

In 2022, there were 15.9 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (36k people) in Benton County, MN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.27k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 1.11k Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.07% of the people in Benton County, MN are hispanic (1.27k people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Benton County, MN as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

4.18%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
1.73k people
4.09%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
1.68k people

As of 2022, 4.18% of Benton County, MN residents (1.73k 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, MN was 4.09%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    603 ± 103
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    564 ± 161
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    240 ± 82

Benton County, MN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.07 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Benton County, MN employs 22.4k people. The largest industries in Benton County, MN are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,425 people), Manufacturing (3,390 people), and Retail Trade (2,585 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($120,250), Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($65,168), and Transportation & Warehousing ($64,228).

Occupations

22.4k
2022 Value
± 950
1.8%
1 Year growth
± 5.93%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Benton County, MN grew at a rate of 1.8%, from 22k employees to 22.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benton County, MN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,754 people), Production Occupations (2,085 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (1,988 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benton County, MN.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

22.4k
2022 Value
± 950
1.8%
1 Year growth
± 5.93%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Benton County, MN grew at a rate of 1.8%, from 22k employees to 22.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benton County, MN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (4,425 people), Manufacturing (3,390 people), and Retail Trade (2,585 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Benton County, MN, though some of these residents may live in Benton County, MN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$55,102
Median earning men ± $2,221
$38,709
Median earning women ± $1,353

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($67,807), Public Administration ($65,486), and Construction ($57,981).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($55,278), Wholesale Trade ($55,278), and Public Administration ($53,309).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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2.26%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 2.93M people employed in Minnesota. This represents a 2.26% 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 13.4%.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 261
    Manufacturing
  2. 180
    Construction
  3. 169
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Benton County, MN went to Donald J. Trump with 64.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (32.7%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (1.58%).

Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith are the senators currently representing the state of Minnesota. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Minnesota is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Minnesota

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Amy Klobuchar
Senator from Minnesota1
Assumed office on January 3, 2007
The Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party (DFL) is the Minnesota affiliate of the Democratic Party (United States)|U.S. Democratic Party and its members are counted as Democrats.
Tina Smith
Senator from Minnesota2
Assumed office on January 3, 2018
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Al Franken.

Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith are the senators currently representing Minnesota.

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 Minnesota

Minnesota is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Minnesota have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.877% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.991% 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 (1.07M), Bachelors Degree (1.04M), and Some college (962k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benton County, MN was $229,300 in 2022, which is 0.813 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $199,500 to $229,300, a 14.9% increase. The homeownership rate in Benton County, MN is 66.5%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Benton County, MN have an average commute time of 22.6 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Benton County, MN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Benton County, MN is $70,346. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Benton County, MN was Census Tract 202.03 with a value of $100,208, followed by Census Tract 203 and Census Tract 202.02, with respective values of $99,167 and $97,344.

Property

$229,300
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,620
$10,842
Median Property Taxes
±$529

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, MN the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

66.5%
Homeownership
2022
64%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 66.5% of the housing units in Benton County, MN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 66.4%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 202.03
  2. Census Tract 203
  3. Census Tract 202.02

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Benton County, MN was Census Tract 202.03 with a value of $100,208, followed by Census Tract 203 and Census Tract 202.02, with respective values of $99,167 and $97,344.

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

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Household Income

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$70,346
Median Household Income
± $3,948
16.3k
Number of Households
± 817

In 2022, the median household income of the 16.3k households in Benton County, MN grew to $70,346 from the previous year's value of $65,529.

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, MN 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, MN is from Minnesota.
0.458
2022 Wage GINI in Minnesota
0.459
2021 Wage GINI in Minnesota

In 2022, the income inequality in Minnesota was 0.458 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.267% decline from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even. The GINI for Minnesota was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Minnesota in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (81.6%)
  2. Carpooled (7.23%)
  3. Worked At Home (6.48%)

In 2022, 81.6% of workers in Benton County, MN drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (7.23%) and those who worked at home (6.48%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

22.6 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benton County, MN have a shorter commute time (22.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 2.71% of the workforce in Benton County, MN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, MN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Benton County, MN have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

9.32% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benton County, MN (3.78k out of 40.5k 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 18 - 24, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Males 6 - 11.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Benton County, MN is White, followed by Black 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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Health

96.5% of the population of Benton County, MN has health coverage, with 53.7% on employee plans, 18.7% on Medicaid, 9.89% on Medicare, 13% on non-group plans, and 1.24% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Benton County, MN see 3407 patients per year on average, which represents a 16% decrease from the previous year (4054 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2731 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 5851 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.2% were men and 49.8% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,407 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Benton County, MN

Primary care physicians in Benton County, MN see an average of 3,407 patients per year. This represents a 16% decrease from the previous year (4,054 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Benton County, MN in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 27.1% under 18 years, 21.9% between 18 and 34 years, 38.3% between 35 and 64 years, and 12.7% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 50.2% were men and 49.8% were women.

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Uninsured People

3.48%
Uninsured
53.7%
Employer Coverage
18.7%
Medicaid
9.89%
Medicare
13%
Non-Group
1.24%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benton County, MN declined by 6.4% from 3.72% to 3.48%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Benton County, MN changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 48.5 in Benton County, MN.

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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 36.5% in Benton County, MN.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 6.13% in Benton County, MN.

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