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Welcome to Benton ...

The town of Benton is located in Polk County<1> and is the County Seat for Polk County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Benton has a population of 1,263 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Benton.

Benton is 730 feet [223 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Benton lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Note: If you travel west from Benton (for example, toward Powells Crossroads), you will leave Eastern Time and cross into the Central Time Zone (CST/CDT).

The telephone area code for Benton: (423)

The ZIP code for Benton: 37307<4>

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Benton had an population of 1,263 people. This is a decrease of 8.81% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 10.98% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Benton had a population of 1,385 people (which is 8.23% of the total population of Polk County). This makes Benton the county's most populous community.

The population of Benton represents 0.02% of the population of Tennessee (which has 6,346,105 people), making it the state's 208th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,385 people, the population of Benton increased 21.7% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 1,138 people).

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

Communities Also Named Benton ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Tennessee communities named Benton: This one is located in Polk County and the other is located in Marshall County.

Beyond Tennessee, there are 40 communities that are also named Benton - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois (2), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas (2), Kentucky (3), Louisiana, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri (2), Montana, Nebraska, New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New York, Newfoundland and Labrador, Ohio (5), Oklahoma, Pennsylvania (2), Texas and Wisconsin.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Benton.

Communities near Benton ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Benton.

  • Cleveland [Bradley County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cleveland
    • Cleveland [Bradley County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the west of Benton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 45,948 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cleveland
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cleveland<6>
  • Athens [McMinn County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Athens
    • Athens [McMinn County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the north of Benton
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 14,120 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Athens have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Athens
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Athens<6>
  • Gregory [Murray County]
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    • Gregory [Murray County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Benton
    • Population from the 2010 Census: 7,432 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Gregory have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Gregory
  • South Cleveland [Bradley County]
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    • South Cleveland [Bradley County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the west of Benton
    • Population from the 2010 Census: 6,912 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for South Cleveland have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on South Cleveland
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Temple Grove [Murray County]
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      • Temple Grove [Murray County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the south of Benton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 4,795 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Temple Grove have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Temple Grove
    • Etowah [McMinn County]
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      • Etowah [McMinn County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the northeast of Benton
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,527 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Etowah have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Etowah
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Etowah<6>
    • Wildwood Lake [Bradley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Wildwood Lake
      • Wildwood Lake [Bradley County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the southwest of Benton
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 3,124 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Wildwood Lake have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Wildwood Lake
    • Tennga [Murray County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Tennga
      • Tennga [Murray County] lies 13 miles [20.9 km]<5> to the south of Benton
      • Estimated population in 2019: 2,123 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Tennga
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Tennga<6>
    • Hopewell Estates [Bradley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hopewell Estates
      • Hopewell Estates [Bradley County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the west of Benton
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 1,874 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Hopewell Estates have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hopewell Estates
    • East Cleveland [Bradley County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for East Cleveland
      • East Cleveland [Bradley County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the west of Benton
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 1,608 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for East Cleveland have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on East Cleveland

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Benton. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Benton.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Benton. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Benton.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Benton. Our list includes 6 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Benton.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Benton ...

Looking for more information about Benton? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Benton, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Benton.

Adding Benton to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Benton in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Benton was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Benton on a map titled Shell Oil Road Map for Tennessee (1956).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Benton on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

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Off-the-Road Links ...

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Benton. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for State of Tennessee: https://www.tn.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Tennessee's counties, including Polk, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Benton.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Benton - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Benton). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Benton or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Benton) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Benton. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from BentonOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Benton. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.1735, Longitude: -84.6527    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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