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The 2000 Census showed that Benton County had a population of 153,406 people. This represented 5.74% of the total population of Arkansas, making it the state's 3rd most populous county (out of 75 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Benton had a population of 225,504 people. This is an increase of 47% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010221,339+44.28%-1.85% since 2009
2009225,504+47%+2.74% since 2008
2008219,494+43.08%+4.04% since 2007
2007210,963+37.52%+4.69% since 2006
2006201,509+31.36%+4.85% since 2005
2005192,183+25.28%+4.9% since 2004
2004183,211+19.43%+4.82% since 2003
2003174,785+13.94%+4.64% since 2002
2002167,038+8.89%+4.12% since 2001
2001160,429+4.58%+4.58% since 2000
2000153,406The Last Census

Benton County had 64,281 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Benton County has a total area<3> of 880 square miles [2,279 km²]. Of this total, 845 square miles [2,191 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (3.89%) being water (34.25 square miles [88.7 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Benton County had a population density of 181.3 people per square mile [70 people/km²], making it the state's 3rd most densely populated county (out of 75 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Benton County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Benton and the state of Arkansas.

Click here for the Benton County QuickFact (QF-05007).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Benton County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in
Siloam SpringsQF-056437014,87210,84337.16%

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Benton County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
CarrollQF-05015   E27,93825,35710.18%
MadisonQF-05087   SE15,87514,24311.46%
WashingtonQF-05143   S200,181157,71526.93%
Barry (MO)QF-29009   NE35,88134,0105.5%
McDonald (MO)QF-29119   NW23,06321,6816.37%
Adair (OK)QF-40001   SW21,85721,0383.89%
Delaware (OK)QF-40041   W40,55537,0779.38%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Benton. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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