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Time Zone: Benton County lies in the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Foley is the Seat for Benton County.

Benton County was founded in 1849.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Benton had a population of 40,193 people. This is an increase of 17.43% since the last Census (which gave a population of 34,226 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Benton represented 0.7% of the total population of Minnesota, making it the state's 26th most populous county (out of 87 counties).

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
201038,451+12.34%-4.33% since 2009
200940,193+17.43%+0.74% since 2008
200839,899+16.58%+0.91% since 2007
200034,226The Last Census

More information can be found on the Benton County Census Page for Benton County.


Below are some of the communities located in Benton County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Benton County):

Community 2009
(2009vs. 2000)
Sauk Rapids   11,95710,21317.08% increase  
Foley   2,3712,15410.07% increase  
Rice   1,460711105.3% increase  
Gilman   1992157.44% decrease  
Ronneby   3216100% increase  

Websites for Benton County

Official Website:   www.co.benton.mn.us/

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

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