Benton County, MN

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Benton County is in central Minnesota, about 60 miles upstream from Minneapolis. The Mississippi River forms the western boundary, where the larger and older cities in the county are located. The population in 2010 was 38,451.

This map shows the 87 counties of Minnesota, with Benton County in the center.

In the center of the county is the city of Foley, the County Seat. The County's most populous city, Sauk Rapids, is on its western edge and adjoins St. Cloud. The median home value of existing homes in Benton County was $170,800, according to the 2010 U.S. Census. The average median sales price of an existing home in Minnesota in 2010 was $206,200. Counties with the greatest long-term gains in median housing sales prices are generally close to the Twin Cities area and the southeastern part of the state. The largest industries in Benton County are services, non-durable goods, manufacturing, retail, and durable goods manufacturing.

Other statistics from the 2010 U.S. Census:

Population: 38,451
Percent of population growth 2000-2010: 12.3%
County area - 413.00 square miles (408.28 square miles land, 4.72 square miles water)
Persons per square mile: 94.2
Housing units: 16,140
Median value of owner-occupied housing units (2006-2010): $170,800
Homeownership rate (2006-2010): 70.6%
Persons per household (2006-2010): 2.50
Median household income (2006-2010): $50,848

Cities in Benton County
Foley
Gilman
Rice
Royalton (partial)
Sartell (partial)
Sauk Rapids
St. Cloud (partial)

Townships in Benton County
Alberta
Gilmanton
Glendorado
Graham
Granite Ledge
Langola
Mayhew Lake
Maywood
Minden
Sauk Rapids
St. George
Watab


(C)ity / (T)ownship 2000 Population in Benton County 2006 Population in Benton County 2000 Households in Benton County 2006 Households in Benton County

 

Alberta (T) 772 824 251 281
Foley (C) 2,154 2,624 756 930
Gilman (C) 215 228 85 91
Gilmanton (T) 769 797 266 294
Glendorado (T) 785 849 251 275
Graham (T) 567 611 169 186
Granite Ledge (T) 685 782 229 267
Langola (T) 916 971 291 322
Mayhew Lake (T) 804 899 253 288
Maywood (T) 860 892 302 330
Minden (T) 1,790 1,718 627 620
Rice (C) 711 1,151 247 412
Ronneby (C) 16 38 6 14
St. Cloud (C) 6,391 6,774 2,952 3,197
St. George (T) 924 1,074 312 381
Sartell (C) 2,011 2,124 841 921
Sauk Rapids (C) 10,213 12,679 3,921 4,997
Sauk Rapids (T) 723 645 270 256
Watab (T) 2,920 3,094 1,036 1,134

Updated 9 Apr 2014 by William Haloupek

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