Benton County, IA

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Population

25,646

0.288% decline

Poverty Rate

8.66%


Median Age

42.1


Median Household Income

$64,061

4.64% growth

Number of Employees

13,230

0.182% growth

Median Property Value

$147,800

3.36% growth

About

In 2017, Benton County, IA had a population of 25.6k people with a median age of 42.1 and a median household income of $64,061. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Benton County, IA declined from 25,720 to 25,646, a -0.288% decrease and its median household income grew from $61,222 to $64,061, a 4.64% increase.

The population of Benton County, IA is 96.6% White Alone, 1.4% Hispanic or Latino, and 0.78% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Benton County, IA speak a non-English language, and 99.6% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Benton County, IA is $147,800, and the homeownership rate is 81.7%. Most people in Benton County, IA commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.6 minutes. The average car ownership in Benton County, IA is 2 cars per household.

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COVID-19

Total Confirmed Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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Economy

The economy of Benton County, IA employs 13.2k people. The largest industries in Benton County, IA are Manufacturing (2,269 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,821 people), and Retail Trade (1,500 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($240,625), Utilities ($64,205), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,442).

Median household income in Benton County, IA is $64,061. Males in Benton County, IA have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $44,006. The income inequality in Benton County, IA (measured using the Gini index) is 0.443, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$64,061

2017 value

± $3,365

4.64%

1 Year Growth

± 6.69%

Households in Benton County, IA have a median annual income of $64,061, which is more than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $61,222 in 2016, which represents a 4.64% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$58,922

Average Male Salary

± $1,635

$44,006

Average Female Salary

± $1,197

In 2017, full-time male employees in Iowa made 1.34 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Iowa by number of full-time 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

    $50,374 ± $7,648

  2. White

    $44,731 ± $967

  3. Black

    $32,234 ± $4,518

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Iowa workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.13 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, IA is from Iowa.

0.443

2017 Wage GINI

0.445

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Iowa was 0.443 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.563% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9601

  2. Census Tract 9605

  3. Census Tract 9606

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Benton County, IA was Census Tract 9601 with a value of $79,679, followed by Census Tract 9605 and Census Tract 9606, with respective values of $77,595 and $71,226.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 45 - 54

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

8.66% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benton County, IA (2.18k out of 25.2k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 45 - 54, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 35 - 44.

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

    2,079 ± 246

  2. Hispanic

    119 ± 87

  3. Two Or More

    65 ± 87

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Benton County, IA is White, followed by Hispanic 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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

13.2k

2017 Value

± 564

0.182%

1 Year growth

± 6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Benton County, IA grew at a rate of 0.182%, from 13.2k employees to 13.2k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benton County, IA, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,922 people), Management Occupations (1,297 people), and Production Occupations (1,266 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benton County, IA.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Benton County, IA, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (1,922 people), Management Occupations (1,297 people), and Production Occupations (1,266 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, IA has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.06 times higher than expected), Material Moving Occupations (1.93 times), and Production Occupations (1.65 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Benton County, IA, by median earnings, are Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($86,042), Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($67,396), and Management Occupations ($61,497).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

13.2k

2017 Value

± 564

0.182%

1 Year growth

± 6%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Benton County, IA grew at a rate of 0.182%, from 13.2k employees to 13.2k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benton County, IA, are Manufacturing (2,269 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,821 people), and Retail Trade (1,500 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Benton County, IA, though some of these residents may live in Benton County, IA 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, IA, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (2,269 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (1,821 people), and Retail Trade (1,500 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, IA has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.88 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.69 times), and Utilities (1.62 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Benton County, IA, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($240,625), Utilities ($64,205), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($51,442).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $24.8B

  2. $20.9B

  3. $18.7B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa product (by dollars) was Cereal grains with $24.8B, followed by Machinery ($20.9B) and Other ag prods. ($18.7B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$265B

2020 Value

$363B

Projected 2045 Value

36.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound Iowa trade was $265B. This is expected to increase 36.7% to $363B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $28.9B

  2. $17.7B

  3. $12.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Iowa domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $28.9B, followed by Minnesota with $17.7B and Nebraska and $12.5B.

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

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Health

96.5% of the population of Benton County, IA has health coverage, with 56.2% on employee plans, 11.2% on Medicaid, 13.8% on Medicare, 13.7% on non-group plans, and 1.52% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Benton County, IA was $8,200 in 2014. This is a 5.05% increase from the previous year ($7,806).

Primary care physicians in Benton County, IA see 6414 patients per year on average, which represents a 25.1% decrease from the previous year (8560 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4283 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 12850 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (13.3%). Additionally, Union County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

6,414 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Benton County, IA see an average of 6,414 patients per year. This represents a 25.1% decrease from the previous year (8,560 patients).

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

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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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$8,200

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,076

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,702

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,317

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Iowa (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 5.05%, from $7,806 to $8,200.

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

3.49%

Uninsured

56.2%

Employer Coverage

11.2%

Medicaid

13.8%

Medicare

13.7%

Non-Group

1.52%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benton County, IA grew by 4.94% from 3.32% to 3.49%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Benton County, IA 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. 13.3% prevalence

  2. 12.6% prevalence

  3. 12.1% prevalence

Appanoose County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Iowa, at 13.3%.

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Diversity

Benton County, IA is home to a population of 25.6k people, from which 99.6% are citizens. As of 2017, 0.753% of Benton County, IA residents were born outside of the country (193 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Benton County, IA is composed of 24.8k White Alone residents (96.6%), 360 Hispanic or Latino residents (1.4%), 200 Two or More Races residents (0.78%), 174 Black or African American Alone residents (0.678%), 89 Asian Alone residents (0.347%), 33 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.129%), 5 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.0195%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.4

39

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 5.3

In 2017, the median age of all people in Benton County, IA was 42.1. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 39. But people in Benton County, IA are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Benton County, IA residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.753%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

193 people

0.645%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

166 people

As of 2017, 0.753% of Benton County, IA residents (193 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, IA was 0.645%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    41,844 ± 4,988 people

  2. China

    10,526 ± 2,515 people

  3. India

    10,455 ± 2,506 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Iowa was Mexico, the natal country of 41,844 Iowa residents, followed by China with 10,526 and India with 10,455.

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Citizenship

99.6%

2017 Citizenship

99.8%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.6% of Benton County, IA residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Benton County, IA was 99.8%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    24.8k ± 9

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    360 ± 82.1

  3. Two or More Races

    200 ± 62.4

In 2017, there were 68.8 times more White Alone residents (24.8k people) in Benton County, IA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 360 Hispanic or Latino and 200 Two or More Races residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    704 ± 112

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    238 ± 94

  3. Korea

    203 ± 69

Benton County, IA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.96 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benton County, IA was $147,800 in 2017, which is 0.643 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $143,000 to $147,800, a 3.36% increase. The homeownership rate in Benton County, IA is 81.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Benton County, IA have an average commute time of 22.6 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Benton County, IA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$147,800

2017 Median

± $6,899

$143,000

2016 Median

± $5,133

In 2017, the median property value in Benton County, IA grew to to $147,800 from the previous year's value of $143,000.

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

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Household Income

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$64,061

Median Household Income

± $3,365

10.2k

Number of Households

± 510

In 2017, the median household income of the 10.2k households in Benton County, IA grew to $64,061 from the previous year's value of $61,222.

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, IA 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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Property Taxes

$800 - $1,499

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Benton County, IA distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Benton County, IA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $800 - $1,499 range.

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Rent vs Own

81.7%

2017 Homeownership

80.5%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 81.7% of the housing units in Benton County, IA were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 80.5%.

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

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Commute Time

22.6 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benton County, IA have a shorter commute time (22.6 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.53% of the workforce in Benton County, IA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.4%

  2. Carpooled

    8.76%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.81%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Benton County, IA was Drove Alone (82.4%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.76%) and those who Worked At Home (4.81%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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