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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 (2018 population: 2,282)

Population per Square Mile: 21.29

Square Miles: 406.40

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Population over TimeNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Yesterday (2010)8,836890.1%6,484,061
Today (2018)8,653890.1%6,695,497
Tomorrow (2020 projection)*8,559900.1%6,852,121
Percent Change 2010 to Today-2.1%60 3.3%

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

Components of Population Change, 2017-2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Net Domestic Migration445 4,044
Net International Migration170 14,959
Natural Increase (births minus deaths)33450.2%18,568

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Population Estimates by Age, 2018NumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Preschool (0 to 4)555896.4%6.3%
School Age (5 to 17)1,5908918.4%17.2%
College Age (18 to 24)646897.5%9.8%
Young Adult (25 to 44)1,9968923.1%25.4%
Older Adult (45 to 64)2,3239026.8%25.6%
Seniors (65 and older)1,5439017.8%15.8%
Median Age40.7  Median Age = 37.9

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

Population Estimates by Race and Hispanic Origin, 2018NumberRank of Pct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
American Indian or Alaska Native Alone26890.3%0.4%
Asian Alone28900.3%2.5%
Black Alone87841.0%9.8%
Native Hawaiian and Other Pac. Isl. Alone5710.1%0.1%
White8,3878996.9%85.1%
Two or More Race Groups120871.4%2.1%
Hispanic or Latino Origin (can be of any race)    
Non-Hispanic8,2048994.8%92.9%
Hispanic449685.2%7.1%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

Household TypesNumberRank in StatePct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Households in 2018 (Includes detail not shown below)3,40389100.0%100.0%
Married With Children6148918.0%18.6%
Married Without Children1,0609031.1%29.9%
Single Parents3438510.1%9.5%
Living Alone9838928.9%28.5%

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 2018 (estimate)3,92889100.0%100.0%
Total Housing Units in 2018 (includes vacant units)3,92189100.0%100.0%
Owner Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
2,4539062.6%61.3%
Median Value (2018)$87,90084  
Renter Occupied
(Pct. distribution based on all housing units)
9508624.2%27.6%
Median Rent (2018)$49566  

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

EducationNumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
School Enrollment (2018/2019 Total Reported) 1,840840.2%1,117,590
Public1,757850.2%1,054,903
Adults (25+ in 2018 ACS)5,825900.1%4,399,815
with High School diploma or higher89.5%30 88.6%
with B.A. or higher degree16.9%49 25.9%

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 2018$42,7753990.7%47,149
Median Household Income in 201851,6496092.7%$55,725
Poverty Rate in 201811.5%4888.5%13.0%
Poverty Rate among Children under 1817.8%35101.7%17.5%
Welfare (TANF) Monthly Average Families in 20187910.1%6,032
Food Stamp Recipients in 2018842870.1%605,854
Free and Reduced Fee Lunch Recipients in 2018/2019830870.2%514,915

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, 2017109890.1%82,170
Births to Teens, 2017N/AN/AN/AN/A
Deaths, 201774910.1%65,602

Source: Indiana State Department of Health

Labor Force, 2018NumberRank in StatePercent of StateIndiana
Total Resident Labor Force4,574890.1%3,381,713
Employed4,427890.1%3,265,580
Unemployed147880.1%116,133
Annual Unemployment Rate3.25594.1%3.4
November 2019 Unemployment Rate2.95790.6%3.2

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

Employment and Earnings by Industry, 2018 EmploymentPct Dist.
in County
Earnings ($000)Pct Dist.
In County
Avg. Earnings Per Job
Total by place of work4,005100.0%$182,844100.0%$45,654
Wage and Salary2,69167.2%$110,62560.5%$41,109
Farm Proprietors3228.0%$19,82210.8%$61,559
Nonfarm Proprietors99224.8%$24,38613.3%$24,583
Farm54513.6%$29,95116.4%$54,956
Nonfarm3,46086.4%$152,89383.6%$44,189
Private2,82170.4%$123,59267.6%$43,811
  Accommodation, Food Serv.521.3%$8610.5%$16,558
  Arts, Ent., RecreationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Construction2145.3%$11,2606.2%$52,617
  Health Care, Social Serv.1453.6%$4,2202.3%$29,103
  InformationData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Manufacturing45411.3%$23,54412.9%$51,859
  Professional, Tech. Serv.1303.2%$4,0552.2%$31,192
  Retail Trade2867.1%$6,9053.8%$24,143
  Trans., WarehousingData not available due to BEA non-disclosure requirements.
  Wholesale Trade3067.6%$18,94510.4%$61,912
  Other Private (not above)882*22.0%*$36,343*19.9%*$41,205*
Government63916.0%$29,30116.0%$45,854

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, 2018UnitsPct Dist.
in County
Pct Dist.
in State
Cost ($000)State Cost ($000)
Total Permits Filed16100.0%100.0%$2,497$4,879,857
Single-Family16100.0%76.4%$2,497$4,269,197
2-Family00.0%2.0%0$49,353
3- and 4-Family00.0%0.2%$0$6,163
5+ Family00.0%21.4%$0$555,144

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 2018
Percent of County
Ambia2222.6%
Boswell7598.8%
Earl Park3373.9%
Fowler2,28226.4%
Otterbein86110.0%*
Oxford1,13713.1%
* This place crosses county lines, so only population in this county is shown.
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