Benton, Columbia County, Pennsylvania facts for kids
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View north on PA 487 in Benton in October 2012
Map showing Benton in Columbia County
Map showing Columbia County in Pennsylvania
|• Type||Borough Council|
|• Total||0.61 sq mi (1.59 km2)|
|• Land||0.60 sq mi (1.55 km2)|
|• Water||0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)|
|Elevation||765 ft (233 m)|
|• Density||1,380/sq mi (533.0/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
Benton is located in northern Columbia County at United States Census Bureau, the borough has a total area of 0.61 square miles (1.59 km2), of which 0.60 square miles (1.55 km2) is land and 0.02 square miles (0.05 km2), or 2.96%, is water. Fishing Creek, a south-flowing tributary of the Susquehanna River, runs through the eastern part of Benton.(41.196144, -76.383354). It is surrounded by Benton Township, a separate municipality. According to the
Benton is served by the following major roads:
- Pennsylvania Route 239 leads east 14 miles (23 km) to US 11 at Shickshinny on the Susquehanna River and northwest 13 miles (21 km) to PA 42 at North Mountain.
- Pennsylvania Route 487 leads north 13 miles (21 km) to Ricketts Glen State Park and south 17 miles (27 km) to Bloomsburg, the Columbia County seat.
The two highways run together as Main Street through the center of town.
The Benton area was first settled by two families in 1792. A schoolhouse was opened in 1799. Starting around 1860, tanning and lumber industries began to grow north of the borough. By 1868, Benton had about fifty houses. The Benton dam was built in 1915.
As of the census of 2000, there were 955 people, 394 households, and 265 families residing in the borough. The population density was 1,503.6 people per square mile (576.1/km²). There were 436 housing units at an average density of 686.5 per square mile (263.0/km²). The racial makeup of the borough was 99.69% White, 0.10% African American, and 0.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.10% of the population.
There were 394 households, out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.7% were non-families. 28.4% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the borough the population was spread out, with 25.9% under the age of 18, 10.3% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 22.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.9 males.
The median income for a household in the borough was $27,986, and the median income for a family was $32,125. Males had a median income of $28,015 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the borough was $12,831. About 15.2% of families and 19.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.0% of those under age 18 and 8.8% of those age 65 or over.
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