Benton County is located in west central Missouri. The County Seat is Warsaw and the largest city is Warsaw. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.bentoncomo.com/. The 2014 population estimate is 18,806 and the 2010 census population was 19,056. The land area is 704.06 square miles and there are 27.1 persons per square mile.
97.1% of the population is White, 0.4% is Black or African American, 1.6% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.4% is Asian, 0.6% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.4% is two or more races. 82.9% have a high school degree or higher, and 10.8% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $106,400, there are 8,225 households, an average of 2.28 persons per household. The per capita income is $19,717, the median household income is $32,951, and 20.1% of the persons in Benton County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 1,565. Retail sales (in $1000) were $174,325, and sales per capita were $9,379.
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