Benton is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Arkansas, United States and a suburb of Little Rock. It was established in 1837. As of the 2010 United States Census, the city had a population of 30,681. In 2017 the population was estimated at 35,789. It is part of the Little Rock–North Little Rock–Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city of Benton, first settled in 1833 and named after Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton, was formally chartered in 1836 when Arkansas became a state.
Saline County Courthouse, located in the heart of downtown Benton.
Location in the United States
|• Mayor||David Mattingly. Tom Farmer (mayor elect)|
|• City Council||Frank Baptist |
Joe Lee Richards
|• Total||22.90 sq mi (59.31 km2)|
|• Land||22.37 sq mi (57.93 km2)|
|• Water||0.54 sq mi (1.39 km2)|
|Elevation||407 ft (124 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,600.15/sq mi (617.82/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
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|GNIS feature ID||0046394|
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.4 square miles (48 km2), of which 17.9 square miles (46 km2) is land and 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2) (2.71%) is water.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2000, there were 21,906 people, 8,713 households, and 6,186 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,221.2 people per square mile (471.5/km²). There were 9,315 housing units at an average density of 519.3 per square mile (200.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.81% White, 4.46% Black or African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.56% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.75% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. 1.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 8,713 households out of which 33.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.9% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the city, the population was spread out with 25.3% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 14.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $41,503, and the median income for a family was $51,064. Males had a median income of $32,493 versus $22,386 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,797. About 5.8% of families and 8.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.9% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.
Public education for early childhood, elementary and secondary students is provided by:
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Benton has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
Arthur Wood Tuck (July 8, 1901 – April 15, 1979) was an American track and field athlete. In 1919, he singlehandedly won the Oregon state high school track and field team championship for Redmond High School. He later competed for the University of Oregon track and field team and represented the United States in the 1920 Summer Olympics in Belgium.Benton County, Arkansas
Benton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Arkansas. As of the 2010 census, the population was 221,339, making it the second-most populous county in Arkansas. The county seat is Bentonville. The county was formed on September 30, 1836 and was named after Thomas Hart Benton, a U.S. Senator from Missouri. In 2012, Benton County voters elected to make the county wet, or a non-alcohol prohibition location.Benton County is part of the Northwest Arkansas region.Benton High School (Arkansas)
Benton High School is a public high school located in Benton, Saline County, Arkansas. Benton High School is a member of the Benton School District.Charlie Rich
Charles Allan Rich (December 14, 1932 – July 25, 1995) was an American country music singer, songwriter, and musician. His eclectic style of music was often difficult to classify, encompassing the rockabilly, jazz, blues, country, soul, and gospel genres.In the later part of his life, Rich acquired the nickname the Silver Fox. He is perhaps best remembered for a pair of 1973 hits, "Behind Closed Doors" and "The Most Beautiful Girl". "The Most Beautiful Girl" topped the U.S. country singles charts, as well as the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles charts and earned him two Grammy Awards. Rich was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2015.Chris Richey
Chris Richey (born September 1, 1971 in Benton, Arkansas) is an American politician and a Democratic member of the Arkansas House of Representatives representing District 12 since January 14, 2013.Cliff Lee
Clifton Phifer Lee (born August 30, 1978) is an American former professional baseball starting pitcher. Lee played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians, Philadelphia Phillies, Seattle Mariners, and Texas Rangers. He stood 6 feet 3 inches (191 cm) and weighed 205 pounds (93 kg), while playing. During his school days, Lee played baseball at Benton High School and attended Meridian Community College and the University of Arkansas before being drafted by the Montreal Expos in the fourth round of the 2000 draft.
After playing with the Expos’ minor-league affiliate Harrisburg Senators, Lee was traded in 2002 to the Cleveland Indians and was first called up to the big leagues later that season. He was traded to the Phillies in 2009, then traded to the Mariners and Rangers, eventually returning to the Phillies as a free agent in 2011. A four-time All-Star, Lee won the American League (AL) Cy Young Award in 2008 as a member of the Indians, after leading the AL in wins and lowest earned run average (ERA).
Lee won his first seven postseason starts. As a Phillie, he went 4-0 in the 2009 postseason, including a complete game in the 2009 World Series against the New York Yankees. The following season, Lee led the Rangers to a shutout win, defeating the Yankees 8-0 in the 2010 ALCS, en route to reaching the 2010 World Series.Lee threw and batted left-handed and could count on three different fastballs, the four-seam, two-seam, and cutter, in his pitching arsenal. Other pitches at his command included the slider, curveball, and change-up.Dennis Milligan
Dennis Lee Milligan (born October 24, 1957) is the Treasurer of Arkansas. He won the Republican Party nomination in the primary election on May 20, 2014, and the general election on November 4, 2014. Milligan took office on January 13, 2015.
Milligan was born in Conway in Faulkner County, Arkansas. Prior to his election as state treasurer, he was the circuit clerk of Saline County, based in Benton, for two terms from 2011, and an Arkansas businessman for thirty years. Milligan is a former chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party from 2007 to 2008 and has served as its treasurer.Milligan ran against Duncan Baird in the 2014 primary, and his opponents in the general election that year included Democrat Karen Garcia and Libertarian Chris Hayes. Libertarian Ashley Ewald ran against Milligan in the 2018 general election, in which he was re-elected with 71 percent of the vote.Harmony Grove High School (Benton, Arkansas)
Harmony Grove High School is a public junior/senior high school that provides comprehensive secondary education for students in grades seven through twelve in southwest Benton, Arkansas, United States. The school is often referred to as Haskell Harmony Grove High School to distinguish this school from another of the same name within Arkansas.Independent Order of Odd Fellows Building (Benton, Arkansas)
The Independent Order of Odd Fellows Building, at 123-125 North Market in Benton, Arkansas, is a historic building that served as an Independent Order of Odd Fellows meeting hall. E. Y. Stinson built the building in 1913 on land purchased from Saline Odd Fellows Lodge No. 174; the Odd Fellows bought the building back the following year. The Odd Fellows used the second floor of the building as a meeting hall; the ground floor was sold to a hardware store, as Odd Fellows lodges were discouraged from meeting on the ground floor of a building. During its time in the building, the Odd Fellows Lodge included several prominent local businessmen and politicians as members, including a Saline County sheriff. The lodge was also responsible for hosting major Benton social events, such as Fourth of July picnics. The lodge's membership began to decline during World War II, and it sold the building in 1971.It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2004.Interstate 30
Interstate 30 (I-30) is a 366.76-mile-long (590.24 km) expressway in the southern states of Texas and Arkansas in the United States, part of the Interstate Highway System. I-30 travels from I-20 west of Fort Worth, Texas, northeast via Dallas, and Texarkana, Texas, to I-40 in North Little Rock, Arkansas. The highway parallels U.S. Route 67 (US 67) except for the portion west of downtown Dallas (which was once part of I-20). Between the termini, I-30 has interchanges with I-35W, I-35E and I-45. I-30 is known as the Tom Landry Freeway between I-35W and I-35E, within the core of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex.Joe Purcell
Joe Edward Purcell (July 29, 1923 – March 5, 1987) was Acting Governor of Arkansas for six days in 1979 as well as Arkansas Attorney General from 1967–1971 and the 13th Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas from 1975–1981.KAFN
KAFN (690 AM) is a radio station broadcasting a sports format. Licensed to Benton, Arkansas, the station mainly programs local content for Saline County, along with the southern portion of the Little Rock metropolitan area.
Currently owned by Monte Spearman and Gentry Todd Spearman, through licensee High Plains Radio Network, LLC, the station carries Fox Sports Radio sports programming. The station also carries network play-by-play for the Dallas Cowboys, St. Louis Cardinals, and Arkansas Razorbacks football, basketball and baseball, and local play-by-play for Benton High School.Karen Aston
Karen Sue Aston (born July 26, 1964 in Bryant, Arkansas) is an American basketball player and coach. Since April 2012 she has served as the head women's basketball coach of the Texas Longhorns women's basketball program. Her most recent prior position was head coach at the University of North Texas.Kenneth Henderson
Kenneth Lee Henderson, known as Ken Henderson (born c. 1963), is a real estate developer from Russellville, Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 71 in Pope County in the north central portion of his state.Henderson graduated from the University of Arkansas in the capital city of Little Rock. He (born c. 1964), has three children. He is a Baptist and a member of Ducks Unlimited, the Chamber of Commerce, and Rotary International. He previously lived in Little Rock, Benton, Bryant, and Ozone, Arkansas, dates unavailable.Henderson ran without opposition in both the Republican primary election and the general election for the legislative seat vacated by Andrea Lea, a fellow Republican who was instead elected Arkansas State Auditor on November 4, 2014 in the Republican sweep of state offices. Henderson is assigned to the House committees on: (1) Public Health, Welfare, and Labor, and (2) City, County, and Local Affairs.In February 2015, Henderson joined dozens of his fellow Republicans to support House Bill 1228, sponsored by Bob Ballinger of Carroll County, which sought to prohibit government from imposing a burden on the free exercise of religion. The measure passed the House, seventy-two to twenty. One of the opponents, Democratic Representative Camille Bennett, a former city attorney for Lonoke, Arkansas, called for a reworking of the legislation. Bennett claimed the Ballinger bill would establish a "type of religious litmus test" which could impact nearly any law under consideration by the legislature. The measure was subsequently passed by a large margin in the House and signed into law in revised form, SB 975, by Governor Hutchinson.Kim Hammer
Kim David Hammer (born August 11, 1958) is a Missionary Baptist pastor and hospice chaplain in Benton, Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 28 in Saline County near the capital city of Little Rock.Lanny Fite
Lanny E. Fite (born c. 1950) is a retired county judge for Saline County, Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives for District 23.
In 2014, he was elected without opposition to succeed the term-limited Ann Clemmer, a fellow Republican who instead ran unsuccessfully for the United States House of Representatives for Arkansas's 2nd congressional district. In his first term in office, Fite
serves on the House committees of (1) Revenue and Tax Committee, (2) State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee, and (3) the Legislative Council.Fite graduated from Benton High School in Benton, the seat of government of Saline County. He is a member of Lions International and the Baptist Church. In 2011, he received the Professional of the Year Award from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. In 2001, he was the "Benton Citizen of the Year." He formerly lived in North Little Rock, Cabot, and Lonoke, Arkansas.In February 2015, Fite joined dozens of his fellow Republicans and two Democrats in co-sponsoring legislation submitted by Representative Lane Jean of Magnolia, to reduce unemployment compensation benefits. The measure was promptly signed into law by Governor Asa Hutchinson.March 1997 tornado outbreak
The March 1997 tornado outbreak was a major tornado outbreak that struck portions of the central and southern United States on March 1–2, 1997. Affecting areas mostly from Arkansas to Kentucky, the outbreak produced 58 tornadoes, including three violent (F4) tornadoes, and killed at least 27 people, including 25 in Arkansas alone and one death each in Mississippi and Tennessee. This was Arkansas' deadliest tornado outbreak since May 15, 1968, when 34 were killed in Jonesboro. Severe flooding also occurred across the Ohio and Tennessee Valleys, resulting in 16 Ohio counties and 44 Kentucky counties being declared disaster areas. The flash floods and damaging wind elsewhere caused 34 deaths across six states including 19 in Kentucky, five in Ohio, five in Tennessee, two in Texas and three in West Virginia. Damage estimates were about $1 billion (1997 USD) while 75,000 homes were damaged.Richard Womack
William Richard Womack (born 1974) is a businessman from Arkadelphia, Arkansas, who is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives. His District 18 includes portions of Clark, Dallas, Hot Spring, and Garland counties. He was initially elected in 2012 and re-elected in 2014.
In 1993, Womack graduated from Benton High School in Benton in Saline County. He then attended Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, from which he graduated in 1997. Self-employed in the paint and construction business, he is a married father of seven children.On November 6, 2012, Womack defeated the Democrat Fred W. Harris of Arkadelphia. Womack received 5,865 votes (52.8 percent) to Harris' 5,247 (47.2 percent).In his campaign Womack was endorsed by Huck PAC, former Governor Mike Huckabee's political action committee.Womack serves on the House Public Health and City, County & Local committees. In January 2013, Womack proposed House Resolution 1003 to encourage all branches of federal, state and local governments to respect and preserve Second Amendment rights and oppose any action that would "abridge, infringe upon, or limit the right to keep and bear arms."Saline County Courthouse (Arkansas)
The Saline County Courthouse in Benton, Arkansas is the county courthouse of Saline County. Built in 1901, the courthouse was the third built in the county. Architect Charles L. Thompson designed the building in the Romanesque Revival style, an uncommon design choice in Arkansas. The two-story brick building features a four-story clock tower at one corner, smaller towers at the other three corners, dentillated cornices, and rounded arch entrances. The courthouse has served as Saline County's seat of government since its construction.The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976.
Municipalities and communities of Saline County, Arkansas, United States
County seat: Benton
‡This populated place also has portions in an adjacent county or counties