Benton County, MO

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Population
18,989
0.375% 1-year growth
US Senator
Roy Blunt
Republican Party
US Senator
Josh Hawley
Republican Party
Median Age
53.3

Poverty Rate
19.1%

Median Household Income
$38,028
8.35% 1-year growth
Median Property Value
$116,500
1.66% 1-year growth
Number of Employees
6,573
6.41% 1-year growth

About

In 2018, Benton County, MO had a population of 19k people with a median age of 53.3 and a median household income of $38,028. Between 2017 and 2018 the population of Benton County, MO grew from 18,918 to 18,989, a 0.375% increase and its median household income grew from $35,097 to $38,028, a 8.35% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Benton County, MO are White (Non-Hispanic) (95%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (2.01%), White (Hispanic) (1.12%), American Indian & Alaska Native (Non-Hispanic) (0.574%), and American Indian & Alaska Native (Hispanic) (0.511%). NaNk% of the people in Benton County, MO speak a non-English language, and 99.7% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Benton County, MO is $116,500, and the homeownership rate is 83.1%. Most people in Benton County, MO commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 26 minutes. The average car ownership in Benton County, MO is 2 cars per household.

COVID-19

Daily New Cases by Date

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Impact on Employment

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Community Mobility

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This chart presents movement trends over time in the state of Missouri across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces, and residential.

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Civics

In the 2016 presidential election, the popular vote in Missouri went to Donald J. Trump with 77.5% of the vote. The runner-up was Hillary Rodham Clinton (21.7%), followed by Other (0.795%). The most partisan county was Mercer County, MO with 85.2% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley are the senators currently representing the state of Missouri. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Benton County, MO is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

Presidential Popular Vote by County

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Donald J. Trump
Popular Vote for Missouri
77.5% for the Republican Party
Most Partisan Counties in Missouri
  1. 85.2% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  2. 85% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)
  3. 83.5% for Donald J. Trump (Republican Party)

In the 2016 presidential election, the most partisan county in Missouri was Mercer County, MO with 85.2% of the vote going to Donald J. Trump running for the Republican Party.

The following map shows the counties in Missouri colored by their party leaning.

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US Senators from Missouri

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Roy Blunt
Senator from Missouri3
Assumed office on January 3, 2011
Josh Hawley
Senator from Missouri1
Assumed office on January 3, 2019

Roy Blunt and Josh Hawley are the senators currently representing Missouri.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

The following chart shows elected senators in Missouri over time, colored by their political party.

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US Representatives from Missouri

Missouri is currently represented by 8 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Benton County, MO have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Diversity

Benton County, MO is home to a population of 19k people, from which 99.7% are citizens. As of 2018, 0.748% of Benton County, MO residents were born outside of the country (142 people).

In 2018, there were 47.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (18k people) in Benton County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 381 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 213 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Race and Ethnicity

Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Benton County, MO
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    18k ± 9
  2. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    381 ± 70.6
  3. White (Hispanic)
    213 ± 118
1.98%
Hispanic Population
376 people

In 2018, there were 47.4 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (18k people) in Benton County, MO than any other race or ethnicity. There were 381 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) and 213 White (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

1.98% of the people in Benton County, MO are hispanic (376 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Benton County, MO as a share of the total population.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

0.748%
2018 Foreign-Born Population
142 people
0.645%
2017 Foreign-Born Population
122 people

As of 2018, 0.748% of Benton County, MO residents (142 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2017, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Benton County, MO was 0.645%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Age by Nativity

53
Median Native-Born Age
± 0.4
61
Median Foreign-Born Age
± 4.6

In 2018, the median age of all people in Benton County, MO was 53.3. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 53, were generally younger than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 61. But people in Benton County, MO are getting getting older. In 2017, the average age of all Benton County, MO residents was 53.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    41,972 ± 5,012 people
  2. India
    19,111 ± 3,389 people
  3. China
    16,010 ± 3,102 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Missouri was Mexico, the natal country of 41,972 Missouri residents, followed by India with 19,111 and China with 16,010.

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Citizenship

99.7%
2018 Citizenship
99.7%
2017 Citizenship

As of 2018, 99.7% of Benton County, MO residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2017, the percentage of US citizens in Benton County, MO was 99.7%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    881 ± 139
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    187 ± 78
  3. Korea
    151 ± 83

Benton County, MO has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 4.71 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

Median household income in Benton County, MO is $38,028. In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Benton County, MO was Census Tract 4602 with a value of $43,478, followed by Census Tract 4601 and Census Tract 4607, with respective values of $42,279 and $42,238.

Males in Missouri have an average income that is 1.37 times higher than the average income of females, which is $43,527. The income inequality in Missouri (measured using the Gini index) is 0.462, which is lower than than the national average.

The economy of Benton County, MO employs 6.57k people. The largest industries in Benton County, MO are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,149 people), Retail Trade (1,035 people), and Manufacturing (802 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($64,000), Wholesale Trade ($54,917), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($44,688).

Wages

Median Household Income

$38,028
2018 value
± $2,852
8.35%
1 Year Growth
± 9.3%

Households in Benton County, MO have a median annual income of $38,028, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $35,097 in 2017, which represents a 8.35% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$59,788
Average Male Salary in Missouri
± $1,357
$43,527
Average Female Salary in Missouri
± $948

In 2017, full-time male employees in Missouri made 1.37 times more than female employees.

This chart shows the gender-based wage disparity in the 5 most common occupations in Missouri by number of full-time employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity in Missouri
  1. Asian
    $57,564 ± $7,422
  2. White
    $46,113 ± $833
  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races
    $38,513 ± $18,949

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Missouri workers was Asian. These workers were paid 1.25 times more than White workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity in Missouri.

This chart shows the race- and ethnicity-based wage disparities in the 5 most common occupations in Missouri by number of full-time employees.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Benton County, MO is from Missouri.
0.462
2017 Wage GINI in Missouri
0.462
2016 Wage GINI in Missouri

In 2017, the income inequality in Missouri was 0.462 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.0515% growth from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Missouri was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Missouri in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Missouri 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 4602
  2. Census Tract 4601
  3. Census Tract 4607

In 2018, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Benton County, MO was Census Tract 4602 with a value of $43,478, followed by Census Tract 4601 and Census Tract 4607, with respective values of $42,279 and $42,238.

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

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Females 25 - 34
Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

19.1% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benton County, MO (3.58k out of 18.7k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Females 25 - 34, followed by Females 55 - 64 and then Females 45 - 54.

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
    3,228 ± 298
  2. Two Or More
    208 ± 109
  3. Hispanic
    136 ± 108

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Benton County, MO is White, followed by Two Or More 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

6.57k
2018 Value
± 473
6.41%
1 Year growth
± 9.66%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Benton County, MO grew at a rate of 6.41%, from 6.18k employees to 6.57k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benton County, MO, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (707 people), Management Occupations (679 people), and Production Occupations (660 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benton County, MO.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Benton County, MO, by number of employees, are Office & Administrative Support Occupations (707 people), Management Occupations (679 people), and Production Occupations (660 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, MO has an unusually high number of residents working as Farming, Fishing, & Forestry Occupations (2.69 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (1.75 times), and Food Preparation & Serving Related Occupations (1.45 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Benton County, MO, by median earnings, are Health Diagnosing & Treating Practitioners & Other Technical Occupations ($62,850), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($58,214), and Installation, Maintenance, & Repair Occupations ($52,167).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

6.57k
2018 Value
± 473
6.41%
1 Year growth
± 9.66%

From 2017 to 2018, employment in Benton County, MO grew at a rate of 6.41%, from 6.18k employees to 6.57k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benton County, MO, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,149 people), Retail Trade (1,035 people), and Manufacturing (802 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Benton County, MO, though some of these residents may live in Benton County, MO 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, MO, by number of employees, are Health Care & Social Assistance (1,149 people), Retail Trade (1,035 people), and Manufacturing (802 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, MO has an unusually high number of Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting (3.63 times higher than expected), Retail Trade (1.39 times), and Accommodation & Food Services (1.38 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Benton County, MO, by median earnings, are Utilities ($64,000), Wholesale Trade ($54,917), and Mining, Quarrying, & Oil & Gas Extraction ($44,688).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Missouri to other states, or from other states to Missouri.
Top Domestic Production in Dollars
  1. $27.7B
  2. $24B
  3. $22.8B

In 2015, the top outbound Missouri product (by dollars) was Pharmaceuticals with $27.7B, followed by Motorized vehicles ($24B) and Mixed freight ($22.8B).

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

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$272B
2015 Value in Missouri
$433B
Projected 2045 Value in Missouri
59.4% growth

In 2015, total outbound Missouri trade was $272B. This is expected to increase 59.4% to $433B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Missouri 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 Missouri to other states, or from other states to Missouri.
Most Common Trade Partners
  1. $31.1B
  2. $13.5B
  3. $9.57B

In 2015, the top outbound Missouri domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Illinois with $31.1B, followed by Kansas with $13.5B and Texas and $9.57B.

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

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benton County, MO was $116,500 in 2018, which is 0.507 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2017 and 2018 the median property value increased from $114,600 to $116,500, a 1.66% increase. The homeownership rate in Benton County, MO is 83.1%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Benton County, MO have an average commute time of 26 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Benton County, MO is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$116,500
2018 Median
± $5,371
$114,600
2017 Median
± $6,300

In 2018, the median property value in Benton County, MO grew to to $116,500 from the previous year's value of $114,600.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Benton County, MO 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, MO the largest share of households have a property value in the N/A range.

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Household Income

Please note that the buckets used in this visualization were not evenly distributed by ACS when publishing the data.
$38,028
Median Household Income
± $2,852
7.95k
Number of Households
± 473

In 2018, the median household income of the 7.95k households in Benton County, MO grew to $38,028 from the previous year's value of $35,097.

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, MO 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 < $10k range.

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Property Taxes

< $800
Average Range

This chart shows the households in Benton County, MO distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Benton County, MO the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

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Rent vs Own

83.1%
2018 Homeownership
81.4%
2017 Homeownership

In 2018, 83.1% of the housing units in Benton County, MO were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 81.4%.

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

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Commute Time

26 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benton County, MO have a longer commute time (26 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.3 minutes). Additionally, 5.37% of the workforce in Benton County, MO have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel
  1. Drove Alone
    75.6%
  2. Carpooled
    14%
  3. Worked At Home
    6.12%

In 2018, the most common method of travel for workers in Benton County, MO was Drove Alone (75.6%), followed by those who Carpooled (14%) and those who Worked At Home (6.12%).

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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Transportation

Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

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

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Health

87.9% of the population of Benton County, MO has health coverage, with 28.3% on employee plans, 16.1% on Medicaid, 23.3% on Medicare, 16% on non-group plans, and 4.19% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in Missouri was $8,107 in 2014. This is a 3.14% increase from the previous year ($7,860).

Primary care physicians in Benton County, MO see 3734 patients per year on average, which represents a 19.1% increase from the previous year (3134 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4710 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1884 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Pemiscot County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (15.2%). Additionally, DeKalb County and Marion County have the highest prevalence of adult obesity (38.1%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

3,734 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Benton County, MO

Primary care physicians in Benton County, MO see an average of 3,734 patients per year. This represents a 19.1% increase from the previous year (3,134 patients).

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

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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%).

The following map shows the prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost by state over multiple years.

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Health Care Spending

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$8,107
Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care in Missouri
$4,354
Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care
$9,413
Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care
$10,457
Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Missouri (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.14%, from $7,860 to $8,107.

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

12.1%
Uninsured
28.3%
Employer Coverage
16.1%
Medicaid
23.3%
Medicare
16%
Non-Group
4.19%
Military or VA

Between 2017 and 2018, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benton County, MO declined by 4.3% from 12.6% to 12.1%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Benton County, MO 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. 15.2% prevalence
  2. 14.9% prevalence
  3. 14.8% prevalence

Pemiscot County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Missouri, at 15.2%.

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

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