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Benton, Kansas

Benton, Kansas
City
Circle Middle School (2006)
Circle Middle School (2006)
Location within Butler County and Kansas
Location within Butler County and Kansas
KDOT map of Butler County (legend)
KDOT map of Butler County (legend)
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Kansas
County Butler
Incorporated January 6, 1909
Government[1]
 • Type Council-Mayor
 • Mayor Ken Gile
Area[2]
 • Total 1.39 sq mi (3.60 km2)
 • Land 1.39 sq mi (3.60 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 1,375 ft (419 m)
Population (2010)[3]
 • Total 880
 • Estimate (2012[4]) 873
 • Density 630/sq mi (240/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 67017
Area code 316
FIPS code 20-06175 [5]
GNIS feature ID 0473887 [6]
Website BentonKS.org

Benton is a city in Butler County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 880.[7]

Contents

  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Demographics 3
    • 2010 census 3.1
    • 2000 census 3.2
  • Education 4
    • Primary and secondary education 4.1
      • Circle Middle School 4.1.1
  • Further reading 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Geography

Benton is located at (37.789302, -97.108402).[8] According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.39 square miles (3.60 km2), all of it land.[2]

History

Benton was founded in 1884.[9] It was named for Thomas Benton Murdock, a state politician.[10] Benton was incorporated as a city in 1908.[11]

In 1969, part of the film The Gypsy Moths was shot in the Benton area.

Demographics

2010 census

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 880 people, 325 households, and 254 families residing in the city. The population density was 633.1 inhabitants per square mile (244.4/km2). There were 360 housing units at an average density of 259.0 per square mile (100.0/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 97.3% White, 0.1% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.7% of the population.

There were 325 households of which 42.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.2% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 21.8% were non-families. 18.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.08.

The median age in the city was 36 years. 29.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 6.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.1% were from 25 to 44; 24.2% were from 45 to 64; and 13.3% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.4% male and 50.6% female.

2000 census

As of the census[5] of 2000, there were 827 people, 308 households, and 238 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,109.0 people per square mile (425.7/km²). There were 327 housing units at an average density of 438.5 per square mile (168.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 97.46% White, 0.12% African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.48% from other races, and 1.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.33% of the population.

There were 308 households out of which 36.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.9% were married couples living together, 8.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 20.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.1% under the age of 18, 7.9% from 18 to 24, 28.5% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 99.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $49,750, and the median income for a family was $58,214. Males had a median income of $40,380 versus $30,179 for females. The per capita income for the city was $21,975. About 3.8% of families and 5.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.5% of those under age 18 and none of those age 65 or over.

Education

Primary and secondary education

Benton is home to Circle Benton Elementary and Circle Middle School. The middle school is visible as one drives on the highway past K-254.

Circle Middle School

Circle Middle School is the home of the Thunderbolts. The school is a part of the Walnut Valley League (WVL). Students from Circle Benton Elementary, Circle Towanda Elementary, Circle Greenwich Elementary, and Circle Oil Hill Elementary attend this school in their seventh and eighth grades. After graduating, the students move onto Circle High School in Towanda.

Circle Middle School used to be a combination of Circle Benton Elementary and Circle Towanda Elementary, which, at the time, were both K-8 schools. Circle Oil Hill Elementary bused their kids over to Circle Towanda Elementary for classes. When the schools became too crowded due to the influx of jobs in nearby Wichita, El Dorado, and Andover, the school board voted to build a middle school in Benton. The project was completed by Summer 2002. Classes began in the fall. The first 8th grade class to go through the middle school graduated in 2007 from Circle High School.

Further reading

References

  1. ^ "City Council/Mayor". The City of Benton Kansas. Retrieved 27 May 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "US Gazetteer files 2010".  
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  4. ^ "Population Estimates".  
  5. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  6. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  7. ^ "2010 City Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved March 6, 2011. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  9. ^ Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 152. 
  10. ^ Heim, Michael (2007). Exploring Kansas Highways. p. 12. 
  11. ^ Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc. Standard Publishing Company. p. 175. 
  12. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

External links

City
  • City of Benton
  • Benton - Directory of Public Officials
Schools
  • USD 375, local school district
Historical
  • History of Benton
Maps
  • Benton City Map, KDOT
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