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, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Benton who work in sales jobs (10.27%), office and administrative support (8.81%), and food service (8.58%).
The population of Benton overall has a level of education that is slightly above the US average for all US cities and towns of 21.84%. Of adults 25 and older in Benton, 21.79% have at least a bachelor's degree.
The per capita income in Benton in 2010 was $21,117, which is lower middle income relative to Illinois and the nation. This equates to an annual income of $84,468 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.