Benton is a medium-sized city located in the state of Arkansas. With a population of 35,789 people and ten constituent neighborhoods, Benton is the 12th largest community in Arkansas.
Unlike some cities where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Benton is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Benton is a city of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Benton who work in office and administrative support (14.82%), sales jobs (12.14%), and management occupations (8.61%).
Also of interest is that Benton has more people living here who work in computers and math than 95% of the places in the US.
In terms of college education, Benton is somewhat better educated than the 21.84% who have a 4-year degree or higher in the typical US community: 28.48% of adults 25 and older in the city have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Benton in 2010 was $27,929, which is wealthy relative to Arkansas, and upper middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $111,716 for a family of four. However, Benton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Benton is a somewhat ethnically-diverse city. The people who call Benton home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Benton residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Benton include German, English, Irish, European, and Dutch.
The most common language spoken in Benton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and Vietnamese.