Benton is a somewhat small city located in the state of Illinois. With a population of 7,041 people and three constituent neighborhoods, Benton is the 281st largest community in Illinois.
Unlike some cities, Benton isn’t mainly white- or blue-collar. Instead, the most prevalent occupations for people in Benton are a mix of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Benton is a city of service providers, sales and office workers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Benton who work in office and administrative support (10.43%), sales jobs (10.32%), and food service (7.85%).
The percentage of adults in Benton who are college-educated is close to the national average for all communities of 21.84%: 18.31% of the adults in Benton have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Benton in 2010 was $19,542, which is low income relative to Illinois, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $78,168 for a family of four. However, Benton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
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 Asian. Important ancestries of people in Benton include Irish, English, Italian, and Polish.
The most common language spoken in Benton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and German.