Benton County, WA

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Population

190,529

1.61% growth

Median Age

35.6


Median Household Income

$63,001

3.03% growth

Poverty Rate

13.4%


Number of Employees

85,352

1.66% growth

Median Property Value

$198,600

5.47% growth

About

In 2017, Benton County, WA had a population of 191k people with a median age of 35.6 and a median household income of $63,001. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Benton County, WA grew from 187,519 to 190,529, a 1.61% increase and its median household income grew from $61,147 to $63,001, a 3.03% increase.

The population of Benton County, WA is 71.6% White Alone, 20.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 2.77% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Benton County, WA speak a non-English language, and 93.5% are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Benton County, WA are Paul Mitchell the School-Richland (80 degrees awarded in 2016) and Victoria's Academy of Cosmetology (64 degrees).

The median property value in Benton County, WA is $198,600, and the homeownership rate is 68.1%. Most people in Benton County, WA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 20.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Benton County, WA is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Benton County, WA employs 85.4k people. The largest industries in Benton County, WA are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,814 people), Retail Trade (10,377 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (9,644 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($88,030), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($80,535), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($70,833).

Median household income in Benton County, WA is $63,001. Males in Benton County, WA have an average income that is 1.36 times higher than the average income of females, which is $53,882. The income inequality in Benton County, WA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$63,001

2017 value

± $1,568

3.03%

1 Year Growth

± 3.11%

Households in Benton County, WA have a median annual income of $63,001, which is more than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $61,147 in 2016, which represents a 3.03% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$73,040

Average Male Salary

± $1,385

$53,882

Average Female Salary

± $1,130

In 2017, full-time male employees in Washington made 1.36 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

    $65,555 ± $3,156

  2. White

    $57,225 ± $943

  3. Two or More Races

    $46,049 ± $3,328

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Washington workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.15 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, WA is from Washington.

0.467

2017 Wage GINI

0.467

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Washington was 0.467 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.104% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Washington 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 108.11

  2. Census Tract 108.14

  3. Census Tract 107.07

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Benton County, WA was Census Tract 108.11 with a value of $134,396, followed by Census Tract 108.14 and Census Tract 107.07, with respective values of $108,478 and $99,632.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

13.4% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benton County, WA (25.3k out of 189k 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 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Males < 5.

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

    17,598 ± 1,030

  2. Hispanic

    9,878 ± 820

  3. Other

    5,048 ± 653

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Benton County, WA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

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

85.4k

2017 Value

± 2,088

1.66%

1 Year growth

± 3.38%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Benton County, WA grew at a rate of 1.66%, from 84k employees to 85.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benton County, WA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,569 people), Management Occupations (8,849 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,520 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benton County, WA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Benton County, WA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (10,569 people), Management Occupations (8,849 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,520 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, WA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (4.61 times higher than expected), Life, Physical, & Social Science Occupations (2.98 times), and Architecture & Engineering Occupations (1.8 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Benton County, WA, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($93,256), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($84,422), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($82,533).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

85.4k

2017 Value

± 2,088

1.66%

1 Year growth

± 3.38%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Benton County, WA grew at a rate of 1.66%, from 84k employees to 85.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benton County, WA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,814 people), Retail Trade (10,377 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (9,644 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Benton County, WA, though some of these residents may live in Benton County, WA 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, WA, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (10,814 people), Retail Trade (10,377 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (9,644 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, WA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.67 times higher than expected), Utilities (2.64 times), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (1.61 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Benton County, WA, by median earnings, are Utilities ($88,030), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($80,535), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($70,833).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $38.6B

  2. $37.2B

  3. $28.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington product (by dollars) was Transport equip. with $38.6B, followed by Mixed freight ($37.2B) and Gasoline ($28.3B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$296B

2015 Value

$444B

Projected 2045 Value

50.1% growth

In 2015, total outbound Washington trade was $296B. This is expected to increase 50.1% to $444B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Washington 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 Washington to other states, or from other states to Washington.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $26.3B

  2. $14.2B

  3. $9.45B

In 2015, the top outbound Washington domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Oregon with $26.3B, followed by California with $14.2B and Tennessee and $9.45B.

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

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Health

90.5% of the population of Benton County, WA has health coverage, with 48.1% on employee plans, 19.5% on Medicaid, 9.88% on Medicare, 12% on non-group plans, and 1.05% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Benton County, WA was $7,913 in 2014. This is a 4% increase from the previous year ($7,609).

Primary care physicians in Benton County, WA see 1442 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.05% increase from the previous year (1413 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1435 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 514 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (14%). Additionally, Adams County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (36.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,442 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Benton County, WA see an average of 1,442 patients per year. This represents a 2.05% increase from the previous year (1,413 patients).

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

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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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$7,913

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,328

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$5,851

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,997

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Washington (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4%, from $7,609 to $7,913.

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

9.5%

Uninsured

48.1%

Employer Coverage

19.5%

Medicaid

9.88%

Medicare

12%

Non-Group

1.05%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benton County, WA declined by 8.76% from 10.4% to 9.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Benton County, WA 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. 14% prevalence

  2. 13.6% prevalence

  3. 13.4% prevalence

Garfield County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Washington, at 14%.

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

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Diversity

Benton County, WA is home to a population of 191k people, from which 93.5% are citizens. As of 2017, 10.3% of Benton County, WA residents were born outside of the country (19.6k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Benton County, WA is composed of 136k White Alone residents (71.6%), 39.7k Hispanic or Latino residents (20.8%), 5.27k Two or More Races residents (2.77%), 4.76k Asian Alone residents (2.5%), 2.76k Black or African American Alone residents (1.45%), 1.14k American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.597%), 369 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.194%), and 160 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0.084%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Benton County, WA are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

35

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.2

41

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Benton County, WA was 35.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 35, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 41. But people in Benton County, WA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Benton County, WA residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

10.3%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

19.6k people

10%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

18.8k people

As of 2017, 10.3% of Benton County, WA residents (19.6k people) 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, WA was 10%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    237,445 ± 11,764 people

  2. Philippines

    67,799 ± 6,362 people

  3. India

    67,429 ± 6,345 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 237,445 Washington residents, followed by Philippines with 67,799 and India with 67,429.

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Citizenship

93.5%

2017 Citizenship

93.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 93.5% of Benton County, WA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Benton County, WA was 93.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    136k ± 108

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    39.7k ± 2.54k

  3. Two or More Races

    5.27k ± 587

In 2017, there were 3.43 times more White Alone residents (136k people) in Benton County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 39.7k Hispanic or Latino and 5.27k Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Benton County, WA as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Benton County, WA citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Benton County, WA was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Benton County, WA are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    4,835 ± 396

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    1,906 ± 272

  3. Gulf War (2001-)

    1,831 ± 283

Benton County, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.54 times greater than any other conflict.

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Education

In 2016, universities in Benton County, WA awarded 144 degrees. The student population of Benton County, WA is skewed towards women, with 29 male students and 211 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Benton County, WA are White (87 and 60.4%), followed by Hispanic or Latino (49 and 34%), Asian (3 and 2.08%), and Unknown (2 and 1.39%).

The largest universities in Benton County, WA by number of degrees awarded are Paul Mitchell the School-Richland (80 and 55.6%) and Victoria's Academy of Cosmetology (64 and 44.4%).

The most popular majors in Benton County, WA are General Cosmetology (75 and 52.1%), Aesthetician & Skin Care Specialist (22 and 15.3%), and Master Aesthetician (18 and 12.5%).

The median tuition costs in Benton County, WA are $N/A for private four year colleges, and $N/A and $N/A respectively, for public four year colleges for in-state students and out-of-state students.

Concentrations

Most Common

  1. 0 degrees awarded

  2. 73 degrees awarded

  3. 1 degrees awarded

In 2015, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Benton County, WA was Hair Styling & Design with 0 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Benton County, WA according to their major.

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Universities

Largest Universities by degrees awarded

  1. 80 degrees awarded

  2. 64 degrees awarded

$N/A

Median In-State Public

$N/A

Median Private

In 2016, the Benton County, WA institution with the largest number of graduating students was Paul Mitchell the School-Richland with 80 degrees awarded.

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Student Gender for Common Institutions

13

Degrees Awarded to Men

131

Degrees Awarded to Women

In 2016, 13 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Benton County, WA, which is 0.0992 times less than the 131 female students who received degrees in the same year.

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Student Race and Ethnicity

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity

  1. White

    87 degrees awarded

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    49 degrees awarded

  3. Asian

    3 degrees awarded

In 2016 the majority of degrees awarded at institutions in Benton County, WA were to White students. These 87 degrees mean that there were 1.78 times more White students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, Hispanic or Latino, with 49 degrees awarded.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benton County, WA was $198,600 in 2017, which is 0.913 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $188,300 to $198,600, a 5.47% increase. The homeownership rate in Benton County, WA is 68.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Benton County, WA have an average commute time of 20.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Benton County, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

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$63,001

Median Household Income

± $1,568

70.4k

Number of Households

± 1,795

In 2017, the median household income of the 70.4k households in Benton County, WA grew to $63,001 from the previous year's value of $61,147.

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, WA 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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Housing

Property Value

$198,600

2017 Median

± $2,975

$188,300

2016 Median

± $2,317

In 2017, the median property value in Benton County, WA grew to to $198,600 from the previous year's value of $188,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Benton County, WA 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, WA the largest share of households have a property value in the $200k - $250k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Benton County, WA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Benton County, WA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

68.1%

2017 Homeownership

68.4%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.1% of the housing units in Benton County, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 68.4%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Benton County, WA 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, WA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Benton County, WA have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

20.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benton County, WA have a shorter commute time (20.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.18% of the workforce in Benton County, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    81.2%

  2. Carpooled

    10.7%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.25%

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

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