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Benton County is located in south-central Washington. The County Seat is Prosser and the largest city is Kennewick. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.co.benton.wa.us . The 2014 population estimate is 186,486 and the 2010 census population was 175,177. The land area is 1,700.38 square miles and there are 103 persons per square mile.
91.2% of the population is White, 1.6% is Black or African American, 19.9% is Hispanic or Latino, 2.9% is Asian, 1.2% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.2% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 2.8% is two or more races. 88.5% have a high school degree or higher, and 28.9% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $176,700, there are 65,675 households, an average of 2.70 persons per household. The per capita income is $28,583, the median household income is $60,485, and 12.8% of the persons in Benton County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 11,137. Retail sales (in $1000) were $2,122,018, and sales per capita were $13,309. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0.7%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 29.6%.
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