Benton County is located in east-central Iowa. The County Seat is Vinton and the largest city is Vinton. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.bentoncountyiowa.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 25,680 and the 2010 census population was 26,076. The land area is 716.27 square miles and there are 36.4 persons per square mile.
98.1% of the population is White, 0.5% is Black or African American, 1.3% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.3% is Asian, 0.2% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 0.9% is two or more races. 91.9% have a high school degree or higher, and 18.8% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $131,500, there are 10,079 households, an average of 2.55 persons per household. The per capita income is $26,624, the median household income is $56,669, and 8.4% of the persons in Benton County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 2,420. Retail sales (in $1000) were $176,434, and sales per capita were $6,645. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 31.2%.
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