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Benton County Courthouse, July 2011
Location within the U.S. state of Arkansas
Arkansas's location within the U.S.
|Founded||September 30, 1836|
|Named for||Thomas Hart Benton|
|• Total||884 sq mi (2,290 km2)|
|• Land||847 sq mi (2,190 km2)|
|• Water||37 sq mi (100 km2) 4.1%%|
|• Density||321.64/sq mi (124.19/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Benton County is located in the northwestern corner of the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2020 census, the population was 284,333, making it the second-most populous county in Arkansas. The county seat is Bentonville. The county was formed on September 30, 1836, and was named after Thomas Hart Benton, a U.S. Senator from Missouri. In 2012, Benton County voters elected to make the county wet, or a non-alcohol prohibition location. Benton County is part of the Northwest Arkansas region.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 884 square miles (2,290 km2), of which 847 square miles (2,190 km2) is land and 37 square miles (96 km2) (4.1%) is water. Most of the water is in Beaver Lake.
- Barry County, Missouri (north)
- Carroll County (east)
- Madison County (southeast)
- Washington County (south)
- Adair County, Oklahoma (southwest)
- Delaware County, Oklahoma (west)
- McDonald County, Missouri (northwest)
National protected areas
|U.S. Decennial Census
1990–2000 2010–2020 2020
As of the 2010 census, the county population was 221,339. The racial makeup of the county was 76.18% Non-Hispanic white, 1.27% Black or African American, 1.69% Native American, 2.85% Asian, 0.30% Pacific Islander. 15.49% of the population was Hispanic or Latino.
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||4,523||1.59%|
|Hispanic or Latino||50,540||17.77%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 284,333 people, 100,749 households, and 72,399 families residing in the county.
Politically, Benton County is arguably one of the most Republican-Leaning Counties in Arkansas. Benton County has not voted completely Democrat in a Presidential election since 1948, when former Missouri senator Harry S. Truman won Benton County along with winning Arkansas as a whole.
- Interstate 49
- U.S. Highway 62
- U.S. Highway 71
- U.S. Highway 412
- Highway 12
- Highway 16
- Highway 43
- Highway 59
- Highway 72
- Highway 94
- Highway 102
- Highway 112
- Highway 127
- Highway 244
- Highway 264
- Highway 265
- Highway 279
- Highway 303
- Highway 340
- Highway 549
- Highway 612
The historic Trail of Tears is on US highways 62 and 71 and connects with U.S. Route 412 in nearby Washington County.
- Northwest Arkansas National Airport (XNA) is located near Highfill.
- Rogers Municipal Airport (ROG) serves the county and surrounding communities.
The Arkansas and Missouri Railroad parallels US Highways 62 and 71 in the county.
Note: Most Arkansas counties have names for their townships. Benton County, however, has numbers instead of names.
Townships in Arkansas are the divisions of a county. Each township includes unincorporated areas; some may have incorporated cities or towns within part of their boundaries. Arkansas townships have limited purposes in modern times. However, the United States Census does list Arkansas population based on townships (sometimes referred to as "county subdivisions" or "minor civil divisions"). Townships are also of value for historical purposes in terms of genealogical research. Each town or city is within one or more townships in an Arkansas county based on census maps and publications. The townships of Benton County are listed below; listed in parentheses are the cities, towns, and/or census-designated places that are fully or partially inside the township.
|Township||FIPS code||ANSI code
|Township 1||05-93626||01989186||all of: Garfield, Gateway, Lost Bridge Village, Prairie Creek; parts of: Avoca, Rogers||13,223||113.79||43.93||130.964||339.2||116.205||301.0||14.759||38.23|
|Township 2||05-93628||01989194||small parts of: Lowell, Rogers, Springdale||14,279||150.33||58.04||111.844||289.7||94.984||246.0||16.860||43.67|
|Township 3||05-93630||01989187||parts of: Lowell, Rogers, Springdale; most of Bethel Heights||20,037||1,903.93||735.03||10.572||27.38||10.524||27.26||0.048||0.1243|
|Township 4||05-93632||01989188||all of Cave Springs ; most of the following: Lowell, Rogers, Springdale (within Benton County); small parts of Elm Springs||25,596||518.70||200.28||49.693||128.7||49.346||127.8||0.347||0.8987|
|Township 5||05-93634||01989189||part of Rogers||12,792||2,873.32||1,109.45||4.460||11.55||4.452||11.53||0.008||0.02072|
|Township 6||05-93636||01989190||most of Little Flock; almost half of Avoca; small parts of Bentonville, Pea Ridge, Rogers||14,033||671.18||259.15||20.929||54.21||20.908||54.15||0.021||0.05439|
|Township 7||05-93638||01989191||most of Pea Ridge; part of Bella Vista; small part of Bentonville||20,317||331.80||128.10||61.597||159.5||61.233||158.6||0.364||0.9428|
|Township 8||05-93640||01989192||part of Bentonville||12,637||1,575.69||608.43||8.028||20.79||8.020||20.77||0.008||0.02072|
|Township 9||05-93642||01989193||most of: Bentonville, Centerton; small part of Highfill||31,362||638.18||246.36||49.497||128.2||49.143||127.3||0.354||0.9169|
|Township 10||05-93644||01989195||most of: Bella Vista, Hiwasse||16,402||385.73||148.97||43.848||113.6||42.522||110.1||1.326||3.434|
|Township 11||05-93645||01989196||all of: Cherokee City, Decatur, Gravette, Maysville, Sulphur Springs; small parts of: Centerton, Highfill, Hiwasse||12,273||59.13||22.83||207.804||538.2||207.558||537.6||0.246||0.6371|
|Township 12||05-93646||01989197||most of Gentry; more than half of Siloam Springs||15,158||361.65||139.58||43.028||111.4||41.913||108.6||1.115||2.888|
|Township 13||05-93647||01989198||all of Springtown; most of Highfill; small parts of: Elm Springs, Gentry, Springdale||13,230||94.13||36.35||141.642||366.9||140.548||364.0||1.094||2.833|
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