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Benton County, Tennessee
Map

Location in the state of Tennessee
Map of the USA highlighting Tennessee
Tennessee's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1836
Seat Camden
Largest City Camden
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

436 sq mi (1,129 km²)
394 sq mi (1,020 km²)
41 sq mi (106 km²), 9.6%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

16,489
42/sq mi (16/km²)
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website: www.bentoncountytn.gov
Named for: David Benton (early settler)

Benton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 16,489. Its county seat is Camden. The county was created in December 1835 and organized in 1836.

Benton County is located in northwest Tennessee, bordering the western branch of the Tennessee River and 30 miles south of the Kentucky border. Aside from Camden, other major communities include agrarian communities Big Sandy and Holladay. It is known well in the area for its duck hunting and fishing industries, and in the past, was recognized for sorghum production, although it is no longer produced there.

History

Benton County was formed in 1835 from part of Humphreys County. It was named in honor of David Benton (1779–1860), who was an early settler in the county and a member of the Third Regiment, Tennessee Militia in the Creek War.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 436 square miles (1,130 km2), of which 394 square miles (1,020 km2) is land and 42 square miles (110 km2) (9.6%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Tennessee National Wildlife Refuge (part)

State protected areas

  • Big Sandy Wildlife Management Area (part)
  • Camden Wildlife Management Area
  • Nathan Bedford Forrest State Park
  • Harmon Creek Wildlife Management Area
  • Lick Creek Wildlife Management Area
  • Natchez Trace State Forest (part)
  • Natchez Trace State Park (part)
  • New Hope Wildlife Management Area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 4,772
1850 6,315 32.3%
1860 8,463 34.0%
1870 8,234 −2.7%
1880 9,780 18.8%
1890 11,230 14.8%
1900 11,888 5.9%
1910 12,452 4.7%
1920 12,046 −3.3%
1930 11,237 −6.7%
1940 11,976 6.6%
1950 11,495 −4.0%
1960 10,662 −7.2%
1970 12,126 13.7%
1980 14,901 22.9%
1990 14,524 −2.5%
2000 16,537 13.9%
2010 16,489 −0.3%
Est. 2015 16,129 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2014
USA Benton County, Tennessee.csv age pyramid
Age pyramid Benton County

As of the census of 2000, there were 16,537 people, 6,863 households, and 4,886 families residing in the county. The population density was 42 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 8,595 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.44% White, 2.10% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,863 households out of which 27.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 9.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.80% were non-families. 25.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.82.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.00% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 27.00% from 45 to 64, and 17.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 93.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,679, and the median income for a family was $32,727. Males had a median income of $29,177 versus $19,038 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,646. About 11.90% of families and 15.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.90% of those under age 18 and 11.70% of those age 65 or over.

Of the 16,459 people leaving in Benton County .03 percent are on some form of state advised probation.

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Unincorporated communities


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