Benton County, IN

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Population

8,685

0.276% decline

Median Age

40.9


Median Household Income

$49,183

2.32% growth

Poverty Rate

14.9%


Number of Employees

4,126

0.984% decline

Median Property Value

$84,900

4.17% growth

About

In 2017, Benton County, IN had a population of 8.69k people with a median age of 40.9 and a median household income of $49,183. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Benton County, IN declined from 8,709 to 8,685, a -0.276% decrease and its median household income grew from $48,069 to $49,183, a 2.32% increase.

The population of Benton County, IN is 92.8% White Alone, 5.09% Hispanic or Latino, and 1.04% Two or More Races. N/A% of the people in Benton County, IN speak a non-English language, and 98.7% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Benton County, IN is $84,900, and the homeownership rate is 73.9%. Most people in Benton County, IN commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 24.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Benton County, IN is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Benton County, IN employs 4.13k people. The largest industries in Benton County, IN are Manufacturing (810 people), Educational Services (528 people), and Retail Trade (419 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance ($57,188), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($56,875), and Utilities ($56,250).

Median household income in Benton County, IN is $49,183. Males in Benton County, IN have an average income that is 1.39 times higher than the average income of females, which is $42,677. The income inequality in Benton County, IN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.456, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$49,183

2017 value

± $4,226

2.32%

1 Year Growth

± 9.75%

Households in Benton County, IN have a median annual income of $49,183, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $48,069 in 2016, which represents a 2.32% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,508

Average Male Salary

± $1,197

$42,677

Average Female Salary

± $917

In 2017, full-time male employees in Indiana made 1.39 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

    $60,595 ± $7,828

  2. White

    $45,279 ± $744

  3. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $41,920 ± $17,388

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Indiana workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.34 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, IN is from Indiana.

0.456

2017 Wage GINI

0.457

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Indiana was 0.456 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0682% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

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

This chart shows the number of workers in Indiana 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 1001

  2. Census Tract 1003

  3. Census Tract 1002

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Benton County, IN was Census Tract 1001 with a value of $54,144, followed by Census Tract 1003 and Census Tract 1002, with respective values of $48,625 and $44,659.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.9% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benton County, IN (1.27k out of 8.55k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 18 - 24 and then Females 6 - 11.

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

    1,255 ± 139

  2. Hispanic

    59 ± 64

  3. Two Or More

    12 ± 76

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Benton County, IN 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

4.13k

2017 Value

± 276

-0.984%

1 Year decline

± 9.15%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Benton County, IN declined at a rate of -0.984%, from 4.17k employees to 4.13k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benton County, IN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (660 people), Production Occupations (547 people), and Management Occupations (390 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benton County, IN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Benton County, IN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (660 people), Production Occupations (547 people), and Management Occupations (390 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, IN has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (5.13 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (2.29 times), and Material Moving Occupations (1.62 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Benton County, IN, by median earnings, are Legal Occupations ($68,125), Business & Financial Operations Occupations ($66,683), and Law Enforcement Workers Including Supervisors ($63,750).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

4.13k

2017 Value

± 276

-0.984%

1 Year decline

± 9.15%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Benton County, IN declined at a rate of -0.984%, from 4.17k employees to 4.13k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benton County, IN, are Manufacturing (810 people), Educational Services (528 people), and Retail Trade (419 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Benton County, IN, though some of these residents may live in Benton County, IN 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, IN, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (810 people), Educational Services (528 people), and Retail Trade (419 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, IN has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (7.42 times higher than expected), Manufacturing (1.94 times), and Wholesale Trade (1.56 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Benton County, IN, by median earnings, are Finance & Insurance ($57,188), Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($56,875), and Utilities ($56,250).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

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

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $73.5B

  2. $45.8B

  3. $42.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Indiana product (by dollars) was Motorized vehicles with $73.5B, followed by Base metals ($45.8B) and Mixed freight ($42.5B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$487B

2020 Value

$698B

Projected 2045 Value

43.3% growth

In 2020, total outbound Indiana trade was $487B. This is expected to increase 43.3% to $698B by 2045.

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

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $44.4B

  2. $36.8B

  3. $34.9B

In 2015, the top outbound Indiana domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Ohio with $44.4B, followed by Michigan with $36.8B and Illinois and $34.9B.

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

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Health

88.2% of the population of Benton County, IN has health coverage, with 42.8% on employee plans, 19% on Medicaid, 13.9% on Medicare, 11.5% on non-group plans, and 0.988% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Benton County, IN was $8,300 in 2014. This is a 4.76% increase from the previous year ($7,923).

Primary care physicians in Benton County, IN see 0 patients per year on average, which represents a 100% decrease from the previous year (8700 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2162 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 4325 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Jay County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.4%). Additionally, Grant County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (39.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

0 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Benton County, IN see an average of 0 patients per year. This represents a 100% decrease from the previous year (8,700 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Benton County, IN 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%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

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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$8,300

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,078

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$8,285

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$10,714

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Indiana (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.76%, from $7,923 to $8,300.

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

11.8%

Uninsured

42.8%

Employer Coverage

19%

Medicaid

13.9%

Medicare

11.5%

Non-Group

0.988%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benton County, IN declined by 10.4% from 13.2% to 11.8%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Benton County, IN 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. 15.4% prevalence

  2. 15.1% prevalence

  3. 15% prevalence

Jay County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Indiana, at 15.4%.

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

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Diversity

Benton County, IN is home to a population of 8.69k people, from which 98.7% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.95% of Benton County, IN residents were born outside of the country (169 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Benton County, IN is composed of 8.06k White Alone residents (92.8%), 442 Hispanic or Latino residents (5.09%), 90 Two or More Races residents (1.04%), 76 Black or African American Alone residents (0.875%), 14 Asian Alone residents (0.161%), 1 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.0115%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

41

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.6

43

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 8.9

In 2017, the median age of all people in Benton County, IN was 40.9. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 41, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 43. But people in Benton County, IN are getting getting older. In 2016, the average age of all Benton County, IN residents was 41.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.95%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

169 people

2.01%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

175 people

As of 2017, 1.95% of Benton County, IN residents (169 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, IN was 2.01%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    106,451 ± 7,946 people

  2. India

    28,953 ± 4,168 people

  3. China

    22,599 ± 3,684 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Indiana was Mexico, the natal country of 106,451 Indiana residents, followed by India with 28,953 and China with 22,599.

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Citizenship

98.7%

2017 Citizenship

98.5%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.7% of Benton County, IN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Benton County, IN was 98.5%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    8.06k ± 16

  2. Hispanic or Latino

    442 ± 41.6

  3. Two or More Races

    90 ± 37.6

In 2017, there were 18.2 times more White Alone residents (8.06k people) in Benton County, IN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 442 Hispanic or Latino and 90 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

    142 ± 49

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    71 ± 37

  3. Korea

    49 ± 26

Benton County, IN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benton County, IN was $84,900 in 2017, which is 0.37 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $81,500 to $84,900, a 4.17% increase. The homeownership rate in Benton County, IN is 73.9%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Benton County, IN have an average commute time of 24.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Benton County, IN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$84,900

2017 Median

± $4,764

$81,500

2016 Median

± $4,288

In 2017, the median property value in Benton County, IN grew to to $84,900 from the previous year's value of $81,500.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Benton County, IN 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, IN the largest share of households have a property value in the $100k - $125k range.

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Household Income

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$49,183

Median Household Income

± $4,226

3.4k

Number of Households

± 229

In 2017, the median household income of the 3.4k households in Benton County, IN grew to $49,183 from the previous year's value of $48,069.

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, IN 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

Average Range

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

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Rent vs Own

73.9%

2017 Homeownership

72.6%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 73.9% of the housing units in Benton County, IN were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 72.6%.

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

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Commute Time

24.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benton County, IN have a shorter commute time (24.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 1.82% of the workforce in Benton County, IN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    78%

  2. Carpooled

    11.7%

  3. Worked At Home

    5.95%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Benton County, IN was Drove Alone (78%), followed by those who Carpooled (11.7%) and those who Worked At Home (5.95%).

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

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

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