Benton County, MO

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Population

18,918

0.494% growth

Median Age

53.2


Median Household Income

$35,097

4.99% growth

Poverty Rate

18.6%


Number of Employees

6,177

0.0162% growth

Median Property Value

$114,600

4.18% growth

About

In 2017, Benton County, MO had a population of 18.9k people with a median age of 53.2 and a median household income of $35,097. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Benton County, MO grew from 18,825 to 18,918, a 0.494% increase and its median household income grew from $33,428 to $35,097, a 4.99% increase.

The population of Benton County, MO is 95.3% White Alone, 1.9% Two or More Races, and 1.89% Hispanic or Latino. 1.98% of the people in Benton County, MO speak a non-English language, and 99.7% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Benton County, MO is $114,600, and the homeownership rate is 81.4%. Most people in Benton County, MO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 25.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Benton County, MO is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Benton County, MO employs 6.18k people. The largest industries in Benton County, MO are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,006 people), Retail Trade (810 people), and Manufacturing (800 people), and the highest paying industries are Wholesale Trade ($50,982), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($43,173), and Construction ($40,745).

Median household income in Benton County, MO is $35,097. Males in Benton County, MO have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,527. The income inequality in Benton County, MO (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$35,097

2017 value

± $2,364

4.99%

1 Year Growth

± 7.77%

Households in Benton County, MO have a median annual income of $35,097, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $33,428 in 2016, which represents a 4.99% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,788

Average Male Salary

± $1,357

$43,527

Average Female Salary

± $948

In 2017, full-time male employees in Benton County, MO made 1.37 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. Asian

    $57,564 ± $7,422

  2. White

    $46,113 ± $833

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $38,513 ± $18,949

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Benton County, MO workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.25 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Benton County, MO is from Missouri.

0.462

2017 Wage GINI

0.462

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Missouri was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0515% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Missouri was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Missouri in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Missouri across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 4604

  2. Census Tract 4601

  3. Census Tract 4607

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Benton County, MO was Census Tract 4604 with a value of $38,889, followed by Census Tract 4601 and Census Tract 4607, with respective values of $37,406 and $34,688.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 55 - 64

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

18.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benton County, MO (3.46k out of 18.6k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 55 - 64, followed by Females 45 - 54 and then Females 25 - 34.

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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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    3,120 ± 307

  2. Two Or More

    232 ± 99

  3. Hispanic

    97 ± 101

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

6.18k

2017 Value

± 448

0.0162%

1 Year growth

± 10.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Benton County, MO grew at a rate of 0.0162%, from 6.18k employees to 6.18k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benton County, MO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (756 people), Production Occupations (678 people), and Management Occupations (646 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benton County, MO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Benton County, MO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (756 people), Production Occupations (678 people), and Management Occupations (646 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, MO has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.54 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.89 times), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (1.42 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Benton County, MO, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($60,458), Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($55,188), and Healthcare Practitioners & Technical Occupations ($48,478).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

6.18k

2017 Value

± 448

0.0162%

1 Year growth

± 10.1%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Benton County, MO grew at a rate of 0.0162%, from 6.18k employees to 6.18k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benton County, MO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,006 people), Retail Trade (810 people), and Manufacturing (800 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Benton County, MO, though some of these residents may live in Benton County, MO and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Benton County, MO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,006 people), Retail Trade (810 people), and Manufacturing (800 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, MO has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.41 times higher than expected), Utilities (1.33 times), and Construction (1.31 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Benton County, MO, by median earnings, are Wholesale Trade ($50,982), Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($43,173), and Construction ($40,745).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Missouri to other states, or from other states to Missouri.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $27.7B

  2. $24B

  3. $22.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Missouri product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $27.7B, followed by Motorized vehicles with $24B and Mixed freight and $22.8B.

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Missouri products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$272B

2015 Value

$433B

Projected 2045 Value

59.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Missouri trade was $272B. This is expected to increase 59.4% to $433B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Missouri trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Missouri to other states, or from other states to Missouri.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $31.1B

  2. $13.5B

  3. $9.57B

In 2015, the top outbound Missouri domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $31.1B, followed by Kansas with $13.5B and Texas and $9.57B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Missouri shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

87.4% of the population of Benton County, MO has health coverage, with 26.2% on employee plans, 18.2% on Medicaid, 23.3% on Medicare, 15% on non-group plans, and 4.71% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Benton County, MO was $8,107 in 2014. This is a 3.14% increase from the previous year ($7,860).

Primary care physicians in Benton County, MO see 3734 patients per year on average, which represents a 19.1% increase from the previous year (3134 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4710 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1884 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Pemiscot County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.2%). Additionally, DeKalb County and Marion County have the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3734 to 1

Primary Care Physicians

Primary care physicians in Benton County, MO see an average of 3734 patients per year. This represents a 19.1% increase from the previous year (3134 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

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Access and Quality

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Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,107

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,354

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,413

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,457

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Missouri (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.14%, from $7,860 to $8,107.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

12.6%

Uninsured

26.2%

Employer Coverage

18.2%

Medicaid

23.3%

Medicare

15%

Non-Group

4.71%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benton County, MO declined by 2% from 12.9% to 12.6%.

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

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 15.2% prevalence

  2. 14.9% prevalence

  3. 14.8% prevalence

Pemiscot County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Missouri, at 15.2%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Missouri by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Benton County, MO is home to a population of 18.9k people, from which 99.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.645% of Benton County, MO residents were born outside of the country.

The ethnic composition of the population of Benton County, MO is composed of 18k White Alone residents (95.3%), 360 Two or More Races residents (1.9%), 358 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.89%), 73 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.386%), 67 Black or African American Alone residents (0.354%), 24 Asian Alone residents (0.127%), 3 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.0159%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Benton County, MO are Spanish or Spanish Creole (164 speakers), German (89 speakers), and Other West Germanic Languages (67 speakers).

Age

Age by Nativity

53

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

46

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 23.8

In 2017, the median age of all people in Benton County, MO was 53.2. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 53, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 46. But people in Benton County, MO are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Benton County, MO residents was 53.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.645%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

0.717%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

As of 2017, 0.645% of Benton County, MO residents were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Benton County, MO was 0.717%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    41,972 ± 5,012 people

  2. India

    19,111 ± 3,389 people

  3. China

    16,010 ± 3,102 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Benton County, MO was Mexico, the natal country of 41,972 Benton County, MO residents, followed by India with 19,111 and China with 16,010.

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Citizenship

99.7%

2017 Citizenship

99.7%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.7% of Benton County, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Benton County, MO was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    18k ± 17

  2. Two or More Races

    360 ± 76.9

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    358 ± 122

In 2017, there were 50.1 times more White Alone residents (18k people) in Benton County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 360 Two or More Races and 358 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. Spanish or Spanish Creole

    164 speakers (0.906%)

  2. German

    89 speakers (0.491%)

  3. Other West Germanic Languages

    67 speakers (0.37%)

1.98% of Benton County, MO citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is lower than the national average of 21.5%. In 2015, the most common non-English language spoken in Benton County, MO was Spanish or Spanish Creole. 0.906% of the overall population of Benton County, MO are native Spanish or Spanish Creole speakers. 0.491% speak German and 0.37% speak Spanish or Spanish Creole, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    994 ± 147

  2. Korea

    211 ± 87

  3. Gulf War (1990s)

    173 ± 74

Benton County, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benton County, MO was $114,600 in 2017, which is 0.527 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $110,000 to $114,600, a 4.18% increase. The homeownership rate in Benton County, MO is 81.4%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Benton County, MO have an average commute time of 25.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Benton County, MO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$35,097

Median Household Income

± $2,364

7.98k

Number of Households

± 486

In 2017, the median household income of the 7.98k households in Benton County, MO grew to $35,097 from the previous year's value of $33,428.

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, MO 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 < $10k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$114,600

2017 Median

± $6,300

$110,000

2016 Median

± $5,625

In 2017, the median property value in Benton County, MO grew to to $114,600 from the previous year's value of $110,000.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Benton County, MO compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Benton County, MO the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Benton County, MO distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Benton County, MO the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

81.4%

2017 Homeownership

81.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 81.4% of the housing units in Benton County, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 81.6%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Benton County, MO compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, MO distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Benton County, MO have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

25.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benton County, MO have a longer commute time (25.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 6.02% of the workforce in Benton County, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    75.8%

  2. Carpooled

    14%

  3. Worked At Home

    6.7%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Benton County, MO was Drove Alone, followed by those who Carpooled and those who Worked At Home.

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