Benton is a very small town located in the state of Louisiana. With a population of 2,015 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Benton is the 160th largest community in Louisiana.
Because occupations involving physical labor dominate the local economy, Benton is generally considered to be a blue-collar town. 36.52% of the Benton workforce is employed in blue-collar occupations, compared to the national average of 27.7%. Overall, Benton is a town of service providers, professionals, and sales and office workers. There are especially a lot of people living in Benton who work in office and administrative support (9.55%), food service (8.46%), and sales jobs (7.01%).
The percentage of people in Benton with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 10.23% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Benton in 2010 was $18,840, which is middle income relative to Louisiana, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $75,360 for a family of four. However, Benton contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Benton is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. 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 Black or African-American, followed by White. Important ancestries of people in Benton include Irish, French , English, and Scots-Irish.
The most common language spoken in Benton is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and French.