Benton County is located in central Minnesota. The County Seat is Foley and the largest city is Sauk Rapids. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.co.benton.mn.us/. The 2014 population estimate is 39,506 and the 2010 census population was 38,451. The land area is 408.30 square miles and there are 94.2 persons per square mile.
94.6% of the population is White, 2.2% is Black or African American, 2% is Hispanic or Latino, 1.1% is Asian, 0.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.6% is two or more races. 91.2% have a high school degree or higher, and 20.3% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $158,200, there are 15,359 households, an average of 2.47 persons per household. The per capita income is $24,453, the median household income is $52,200, and 14.5% of the persons in Benton County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 3,210. Retail sales (in $1000) were $495,214, and sales per capita were $12,524. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 22.6%.
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