Benton County, Iowa facts for kids
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Location within the U.S. state of Iowa
Iowa's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Thomas Hart Benton|
|• Total||718 sq mi (1,860 km2)|
|• Land||716 sq mi (1,850 km2)|
|• Water||2.2 sq mi (6 km2) 0.3%|
|• Density||35.620/sq mi (13.753/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−6 (Central)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−5 (CDT)|
Benton County is a county in the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2020 census, the population was 25,575. Its county seat and largest city is Vinton. The county is named for Thomas Hart Benton, a U.S. Senator from Missouri.
Benton County is part of the Cedar Rapids, IA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Benton County was formed on December 21, 1837 from sections of Dubuque County. It was named after US Senator Thomas Hart Benton.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 718 square miles (1,860 km2), of which 716 square miles (1,850 km2) is land and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) (0.3%) is water.
- Black Hawk County (northwest)
- Buchanan County (northeast)
- Linn County (east)
- Iowa County (south)
- Tama County (west)
|U.S. Decennial Census
The 2020 census recorded a population of 25,575 in the county, with a population density of 35.6124/sq mi (13.7500/km2). 96.29% of the population reported being of one race. 93.04% were non-Hispanic White, 0.45% were Black, 1.81% were Hispanic, 0.13% were Native American, 0.32% were Asian, 0.01% were Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander and 4.24% were some other race or more than one race. There were 11,076 housing units of which 10,282 were occupied.
The 2010 census recorded a population of 26,076 in the county, with a population density of 36.419/sq mi (14.061/km2). There were 11,095 housing units, of which 10,302 were occupied.
Benton County is divided into twenty townships:
- Big Grove
- St. Clair
The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Benton County.
† county seat
|Rank||City/Town/etc.||Municipal type||Population (2010 Census)|
|4||Walford (partially in Linn County)||City||1,463|
|Mary the Jewess|