Benton County, MN

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Population

39,360

0.246% decline

Median Age

35.6


Median Household Income

$53,574

3.34% growth

Poverty Rate

14.1%


Number of Employees

20,468

0.427% growth

Median Property Value

$162,600

2.65% growth

About

In 2017, Benton County, MN had a population of 39.4k people with a median age of 35.6 and a median household income of $53,574. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Benton County, MN declined from 39,457 to 39,360, a -0.246% decrease and its median household income grew from $51,841 to $53,574, a 3.34% increase.

The population of Benton County, MN is 91.5% White Alone, 2.8% Black or African American Alone, and 2.16% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Benton County, MN speak a non-English language, and 98.1% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Benton County, MN is $162,600, and the homeownership rate is 68.7%. Most people in Benton County, MN commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 22.1 minutes. The average car ownership in Benton County, MN is 2 cars per household.

Economy

The economy of Benton County, MN employs 20.5k people. The largest industries in Benton County, MN are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,538 people), Manufacturing (2,862 people), and Retail Trade (2,700 people), and the highest paying industries are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($103,125), Utilities ($85,417), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($55,313).

Median household income in Benton County, MN is $53,574. Males in Benton County, MN have an average income that is 1.31 times higher than the average income of females, which is $52,870. The income inequality in Benton County, MN (measured using the Gini index) is 0.467, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$53,574

2017 value

± $2,425

3.34%

1 Year Growth

± 6.47%

Households in Benton County, MN have a median annual income of $53,574, which is less than the median annual income of $60,336 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $51,841 in 2016, which represents a 3.34% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$69,210

Average Male Salary

± $1,573

$52,870

Average Female Salary

± $1,202

In 2017, full-time male employees in Minnesota made 1.31 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $53,440 ± $951

  2. Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander

    $51,343 ± $59,950

  3. Asian

    $50,326 ± $4,235

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Minnesota workers was White. These workers were paid 1.04 times more than Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Benton County, MN is from Minnesota.

0.467

2017 Wage GINI

0.466

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Minnesota was 0.467 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.29% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even.

The 2017 the GINI for Minnesota was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Minnesota in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Minnesota across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 203

  2. Census Tract 202.03

  3. Census Tract 202.05

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Benton County, MN was Census Tract 203 with a value of $77,697, followed by Census Tract 202.03 and Census Tract 202.05, with respective values of $71,923 and $71,402.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Benton County, MN colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

14.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benton County, MN (5.45k out of 38.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.4%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Males 25 - 34 and then Females 18 - 24.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    4,423 ± 428

  2. Black

    367 ± 174

  3. Hispanic

    362 ± 161

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Benton County, MN is White, followed by Black and Hispanic.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

20.5k

2017 Value

± 785

0.427%

1 Year growth

± 5.44%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Benton County, MN grew at a rate of 0.427%, from 20.4k employees to 20.5k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benton County, MN, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,442 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,237 people), and Production Occupations (2,045 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benton County, MN.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Benton County, MN, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (2,442 people), Sales & Related Occupations (2,237 people), and Production Occupations (2,045 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, MN has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (1.95 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.72 times), and Community & Social Service Occupations (1.61 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Benton County, MN, by median earnings, are Architecture & Engineering Occupations ($65,819), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($61,406), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($61,324).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

20.5k

2017 Value

± 785

0.427%

1 Year growth

± 5.44%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Benton County, MN grew at a rate of 0.427%, from 20.4k employees to 20.5k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benton County, MN, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,538 people), Manufacturing (2,862 people), and Retail Trade (2,700 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Benton County, MN, though some of these residents may live in Benton County, MN and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Most Common

The most common industries in Benton County, MN, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (3,538 people), Manufacturing (2,862 people), and Retail Trade (2,700 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, MN has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (1.96 times higher than expected), Management of Companies & Enterprises (1.41 times), and Manufacturing (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Benton County, MN, by median earnings, are Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($103,125), Utilities ($85,417), and Management of Companies & Enterprises ($55,313).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Minnesota to other states, or from other states to Minnesota.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $23.9B

  2. $22.1B

  3. $19.3B

In 2015, the top outbound Minnesota product (by dollars) was Electronics with $23.9B, followed by Cereal grains ($22.1B) and Nonmetal min. prods. ($19.3B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Minnesota products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$316B

2015 Value

$484B

Projected 2045 Value

53.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Minnesota trade was $316B. This is expected to increase 53.4% to $484B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Minnesota trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Minnesota to other states, or from other states to Minnesota.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $25.5B

  2. $24.3B

  3. $13.1B

In 2015, the top outbound Minnesota domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Wisconsin with $25.5B, followed by Iowa with $24.3B and Illinois and $13.1B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Minnesota shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

94.9% of the population of Benton County, MN has health coverage, with 52% on employee plans, 18.7% on Medicaid, 9.09% on Medicare, 13.4% on non-group plans, and 1.66% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Benton County, MN was $8,871 in 2014. This is a 4.8% increase from the previous year ($8,465).

Primary care physicians in Benton County, MN see 5673 patients per year on average, which represents a 14.9% increase from the previous year (4938 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 2857 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 13331 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Aitkin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (12.5%). Additionally, Pine County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (37.2%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

5,673 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Benton County, MN see an average of 5,673 patients per year. This represents a 14.9% increase from the previous year (4,938 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Benton County, MN in comparison to neighboring states.

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$8,871

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,603

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,176

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$9,917

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Minnesota (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 4.8%, from $8,465 to $8,871.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

5.14%

Uninsured

52%

Employer Coverage

18.7%

Medicaid

9.09%

Medicare

13.4%

Non-Group

1.66%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benton County, MN declined by 18% from 6.27% to 5.14%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Benton County, MN changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 12.5% prevalence

  2. 11.7% prevalence

  3. 11.7% prevalence

Aitkin County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Minnesota, at 12.5%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Minnesota by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Benton County, MN is home to a population of 39.4k people, from which 98.1% are citizens. As of 2017, 3.24% of Benton County, MN residents were born outside of the country (1.28k people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Benton County, MN is composed of 36k White Alone residents (91.5%), 1.1k Black or African American Alone residents (2.8%), 852 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.16%), 833 Two or More Races residents (2.12%), 425 Asian Alone residents (1.08%), 135 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0.343%), 3 Some Other Race Alone residents (0.00762%), and 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%).

The most common foreign languages spoken in Benton County, MN are N/A.

Age

Age by Nativity

36

Median Native-Born Age

± 0.3

33

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 1.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Benton County, MN was 35.6. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 36, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 33. But people in Benton County, MN are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Benton County, MN residents was 36.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

3.24%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

1.28k people

2.92%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

1.15k people

As of 2017, 3.24% of Benton County, MN residents (1.28k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Benton County, MN was 2.92%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    65,949 ± 6,267 people

  2. Somalia

    30,092 ± 4,247 people

  3. India

    29,695 ± 4,219 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Minnesota was Mexico, the natal country of 65,949 Minnesota residents, followed by Somalia with 30,092 and India with 29,695.

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Citizenship

98.1%

2017 Citizenship

98.4%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 98.1% of Benton County, MN residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.1%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Benton County, MN was 98.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    36k ± 23

  2. Black or African American Alone

    1.1k ± 203

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    852 ± 95.1

In 2017, there were 32.6 times more White Alone residents (36k people) in Benton County, MN than any other race or ethnicity. There were 1.1k Black or African American Alone and 852 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

The following bar chart shows the 8 races and ethnicities represented in Benton County, MN as a share of the total population.

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Non-English Speakers

Most Common Languages

  1. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  2. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

  3. N/A

    N/A speakers (N/A%)

N/A% of Benton County, MN citizens are speakers of a non-English language, which is approximately the same as the national average of 21.8%. In N/A, the most common non-English language spoken in Benton County, MN was N/A. N/A% of the overall population of Benton County, MN are native N/A speakers. N/A% speak N/A and N/A% speak N/A, the next two most common languages.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    873 ± 106

  2. Gulf War (2001-)

    385 ± 112

  3. Korea

    207 ± 73

Benton County, MN has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.27 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benton County, MN was $162,600 in 2017, which is 0.747 times smaller than the national average of $217,600. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $158,400 to $162,600, a 2.65% increase. The homeownership rate in Benton County, MN is 68.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Benton County, MN have an average commute time of 22.1 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Benton County, MN is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Income

Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.

$53,574

Median Household Income

± $2,425

16k

Number of Households

± 693

In 2017, the median household income of the 16k households in Benton County, MN grew to $53,574 from the previous year's value of $51,841.

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, MN distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Housing

Property Value

$162,600

2017 Median

± $2,741

$158,400

2016 Median

± $3,086

In 2017, the median property value in Benton County, MN grew to to $162,600 from the previous year's value of $158,400.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Benton County, MN compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Benton County, MN the largest share of households have a property value in the $150k - $175k range.

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Property Taxes

$2k - $3k

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Benton County, MN distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Benton County, MN the largest share of households pay taxes in the $2k - $3k range.

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Rent vs Own

68.7%

2017 Homeownership

69.1%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 68.7% of the housing units in Benton County, MN were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 69.1%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Benton County, MN compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars

Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, MN distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Benton County, MN have 2 cars, followed by 3 cars.

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Commute Time

22.1 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benton County, MN have a shorter commute time (22.1 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 2.74% of the workforce in Benton County, MN have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    82.7%

  2. Carpooled

    8.27%

  3. Worked At Home

    4.13%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Benton County, MN was Drove Alone (82.7%), followed by those who Carpooled (8.27%) and those who Worked At Home (4.13%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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