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Benton County, Indiana

Named for Thomas H. Benton, created in 1840, was one of the last of Indiana's 92 counties to be formed

County Seat: Fowler

Largest City: Fowler (2017 population: 2,274)

Population per Square Mile: 21.19

Square Miles: 406.40

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)8,836890.1%6,484,192
Today (2017)8,613890.1%6,666,818
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*8,559900.1%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-2.5%67 2.8%

*Projection based on 2010 Census counts.
Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Components of Population Change, 2016-2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration-7155 -976
Net International Migration268 11,410
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)26540.1%22,545

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2017NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)555896.4%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)1,5938918.5%17.3%
College Age (18 to 24)650897.5%9.9%
Young Adult (25 to 44)1,9598922.7%25.3%
Older Adult (45 to 64)2,3469027.2%25.9%
Seniors (65 and older)1,5109017.5%15.4%
Median Age40.4  Median Age = 37.7

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Business Research Center

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2017NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone23890.3%0.4%
Asian Alone26900.3%2.4%
Black Alone81840.9%9.7%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone4760.0%0.1%
White8,3578997.0%85.4%
Two or More Race Groups122861.4%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic8,1588994.7%93.0%
Hispanic455685.3%7.0%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2016 (Includes detail not shown below)3,38889100.0%100.0%
Married With Children6988820.6%19.0%
Married Without Children1,0409030.7%30.0%
Single Parents295888.7%9.7%
Living Alone8988926.5%28.2%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

HousingNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Total Housing Units in 2017 (estimate)3,91989100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2016 (includes vacant units)3,90989100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
2,4619063.0%61.0%
Median Value (2016)$81,50086  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
9278723.7%27.8%
Median Rent (2016)$50148  

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2016/2017 Total Reported) 1,956840.2%1,110,866
Public1,871840.2%1,048,879
Adults (25+ in 2016 ACS)5,832900.1%4,339,687
with High School diploma or higher89.7%19 88.1%
with B.A. or higher degree17.1%43 24.6%

Sources: Indiana Department of Education; U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey 5-year estimates.

Income and PovertyNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Per Capita Personal Income (annual) in 2016$38,7814790.0%43,097
Median Household Income in 201647,2186790.3%$52,289
Poverty Rate in 201611.5%5582.1%14.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1817.4%4991.1%19.1%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 201710870.1%6,790
Food Stamp Recipients in 20171,054850.2%656,297
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2016/2017895860.2%495,330

Sources: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis; U.S. Census Bureau; Indiana Family Social Services Administration; Indiana Department of Education

Health and Vital StatisticsNumberRank of Percent of StateIndiana
Births, 2016114870.1%83,063
Births to Teens, 2016N/AN/AN/AN/A
Deaths, 201677910.1%63,492

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2017NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force4,510890.1%3,320,409
Employed4,357890.1%3,203,351
Unemployed153890.1%117,058
Annual Unemployment Rate3.45097.1%3.5
September 2018 Unemployment Rate2.75890.0%3.0

Source: STATS Indiana, using data from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2016 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work3,849100.0%$166,974100.0%$43,381
Wage and Salary2,49464.8%$94,16456.4%$37,756
Farm Proprietors3268.5%$22,41013.4%$68,742
Nonfarm Proprietors1,02926.7%$24,76414.8%$24,066
Farm48612.6%$30,19018.1%$62,119
Nonfarm3,36387.4%$136,78481.9%$40,673
Private2,72870.9%$108,07964.7%$39,618
  Accommodation, Food Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Arts, Ent., RecreationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Construction2125.5%$9,1945.5%$43,368
  Health Care, Social Serv.Data not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  InformationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Manufacturing44311.5%$21,69913.0%$48,982
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1253.2%$3,1401.9%$25,120
  Retail Trade3118.1%$8,3885.0%$26,971
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade3268.5%$18,13210.9%$55,620
  Other Private (not above)664*17.3%*$22,856*13.7%*$34,422*
Government63516.5%$28,70517.2%$45,205

Source: U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis
* These totals do not include county data that are not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.

Residential Building Permits, 2017UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed17100.0%100.0%$2,652$4,583,500
Single-Family17100.0%74.2%$2,652$4,038,599
2-Family00.0%2.0%0$62,844
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.4%$0$13,000
5+ Family00.0%23.4%$0$469,056

Notes: Detail cost may not sum to total due to rounding. Greene County does not currently issue building permits, so it is excluded.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Largest Cities and Towns in Benton County

NamePopulation
in 2017
Percent of County
Ambia2192.5%
Boswell7568.8%
Earl Park3363.9%
Fowler2,27426.4%
Otterbein8549.9%*
Oxford1,13013.1%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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