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Bennington, Kansas
Location within Ottawa County and Kansas
Location within Ottawa County and Kansas
KDOT map of Ottawa County (legend)
Country United States
State Kansas
County Ottawa
Founded 1870s
Platted 1878
Incorporated 1885
Named for Bennington, Vermont
 • Type Mayor–Council
 • Total 0.42 sq mi (1.09 km2)
 • Land 0.42 sq mi (1.09 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,221 ft (372 m)
 • Total 622
 • Density 1,481/sq mi (570.6/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (CST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code 785, exchange 488
FIPS code 20-06075
GNIS ID 476467

Bennington is a city in Ottawa County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2020 census, the population of the city was 622.


19th century

Bennington was platted in 1878 and grew to a population of over 200 within three years. The city name comes from one of two sources. A paper written on the history of Bennington states that Bennington is an Indian name meaning "place of fine trees." The same article also states that co-city founder George R. Parker gave the town its name after Bennington, Vermont. The Solomon Valley Railroad, a branch of the Kansas Pacific Railroad, reached Bennington in 1878.

In 1879, the first school was located one half mile south of town. In 1918, a new school house was built. In 1938, an auditorium was added; in 1955 a shop was added; and in 1961 a new grade school building was annexed.


Bennington is located at 39°1′59″N 97°35′35″W / 39.03306°N 97.59306°W / 39.03306; -97.59306 (39.033174, -97.593030). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.42 square miles (1.09 km2), all of it land.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bennington has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 390
1900 389 −0.3%
1910 386 −0.8%
1920 371 −3.9%
1930 374 0.8%
1940 369 −1.3%
1950 325 −11.9%
1960 535 64.6%
1970 561 4.9%
1980 579 3.2%
1990 568 −1.9%
2000 623 9.7%
2010 672 7.9%
2020 622 −7.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

Bennington is part of the Salina Micropolitan Statistical Area.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 672 people, 261 households, and 188 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,600.0 inhabitants per square mile (617.8/km2). There were 283 housing units at an average density of 673.8 per square mile (260.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.8% White, 0.3% African American, 0.9% Native American, and 1.0% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.9% of the population.

There were 261 households, of which 37.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.7% were married couples living together, 7.7% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7% had a male householder with no wife present, and 28.0% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.07.

The median age in the city was 37.4 years. 28.4% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.5% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.3% were from 25 to 44; 25% were from 45 to 64; and 12.9% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 52.8% male and 47.2% female.


The community is served by Twin Valley USD 240 public school district.

  • Bennington High School, 301 North Putnam Street.
  • Bennington Junior High School, 301 North Putnam Street.
  • Bennington Grade School, 223 North Putnam Street.

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