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Benton is a city in Scott County, in the Sikeston metro area.
It is the county seat.
The community was named for Sen. Thomas Hart Benton
[NOTE: This is not the only community in Missouri named Benton. For links to other places called Benton, MO, see the Duplicate Names box at right.]
The latitude of Benton is 37.097N. The longitude is -89.562W.It is in the Central Standard time zone. Elevation is 436 feet.
The estimated population, in 2003, was 730.
Sections below provide additional information and links about Benton demographics, travel and tourism, nearby airports, cemeteries, the Scott County economy, education, environment, genealogy, government, historic sites, libraries, maps, museums, newspapers and other media, nonprofit groups, real estate, recreation, religion, transportation, and weather in the 63736 ZIP code.
41% of Benton residents report German ancestry, and 13% report Irish. For more info on local ancestry groups, see the Benton ancestry & family history guide.
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At the time of the 2000 census, the per capita income in Benton was $16,161, compared with $21,587 nationally.
17% of Benton residents age 25 and older have a bachelor's or advanced college degree.
Median rent in Benton, at the time of the 2000 Census, was $343. Monthly homeowner costs, for people with mortgages, were $679.
Libraries in Benton include Benton Branch ... View libraries
Scott County supported George W. Bush in the 2004 presidential election. For more information, see our Benton political report.
The average commute time for Benton workers is 21 minutes, compared with 26 minutes nationwide.
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