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Benton, Wisconsin
WIMap-doton-Benton.png
Country United States
State Wisconsin
County Lafayette
Area
 • Total 0.84 sq mi (2.18 km2)
 • Land 0.84 sq mi (2.18 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation
860 ft (262 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 973
 • Estimate 
(2012)
970
 • Density 1,158.3/sq mi (447.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)
Area code(s) 608
FIPS code 55-06850
GNIS feature ID 1582796

Benton is a village in Lafayette County, Wisconsin, United States. The population was 973 at the 2010 census. The village is located within the Town of Benton.

History

Benton was named for Thomas Hart Benton, a U.S. senator from Missouri.

The pioneer priest Father Samuel Mazzuchelli founded the village's Catholic parish, Saint Patrick's Church. Father Mazzuchelli is buried in Saint Patrick's cemetery. He was declared Venerable by Pope John Paul II in 1993, and the case for his Sainthood is still pending.

Geography

Benton is located at 42°34′15″N 90°23′3″W / 42.57083°N 90.38417°W / 42.57083; -90.38417 (42.570836, -90.38437).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.84 square miles (2.18 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 254
1890 414 63.0%
1900 546 31.9%
1910 652 19.4%
1920 874 34.0%
1930 869 −0.6%
1940 835 −3.9%
1950 842 0.8%
1960 837 −0.6%
1970 873 4.3%
1980 983 12.6%
1990 898 −8.6%
2000 976 8.7%
2010 973 −0.3%
Est. 2015 964 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 973 people, 398 households, and 264 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,158.3 inhabitants per square mile (447.2/km2). There were 426 housing units at an average density of 507.1 per square mile (195.8/km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.5% White, 0.1% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.3% Asian, 0.1% from other races, and 0.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.4% of the population.

There were 398 households of which 30.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.8% were married couples living together, 8.5% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 33.7% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.00.

The median age in the village was 39.6 years. 25.5% of residents were under the age of 18; 8.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 21.7% were from 25 to 44; 29.6% were from 45 to 64; and 14.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.2% male and 50.8% female.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, there were 976 people, 393 households, and 260 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,170.2 people per square mile (454.0/km²). There were 417 housing units at an average density of 500.0 per square mile (194.0/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.36% White, 0.10% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 1.23% Asian, 0.10% Pacific Islander, and 0.10% from two or more races. 0.00% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 393 households out of which 30.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.0% were married couples living together, 7.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.6% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the village, the population was spread out with 26.7% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.7 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $30,313, and the median income for a family was $41,518. Males had a median income of $28,882 versus $21,250 for females. The per capita income for the village was $15,702. About 4.5% of families and 7.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.1% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.

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