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Benton County, Washington
Map of Washington highlighting Benton County
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the U.S. highlighting Washington
Washington's location in the U.S.
Seat Prosser
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,760 sq mi (4,558 km²)
1,703 sq mi (4,411 km²)
57 sq mi (148 km²), 3.24%
PopulationEst.
 - (2008)
 - Density

163,058
83/sq mi (32/km²)
Founded March 8, 1905
Website www.co.benton.wa.us

Benton County is a county located in the south-central portion of the U.S. state of Washington. The Columbia River makes up the north, south, and east boundaries of the county. In 2000, its population was 142,475. The county seat is Prosser, and its largest city is Kennewick. It was named after Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton.

Benton County was created out of Klickitat County on March 8, 1905.[1]

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,760 square miles (4,559 km²), of which, 1,703 square miles (4,411 km²) of it is land and 57 square miles (148 km²) of it (3.24%) is water.

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Adjacent counties

National protected area

Wineries

The area of south-central Washington occupied by Benton County has been known primarily as an agricultural hub since its settlement by white Americans. The rise of viticulture has had a profound impact on the agricultural and tourism industries over the past two decades, and has in many ways reshaped the reputation of the region. Prominent wineries and tasting rooms located in the area include but are not limited to:

Tri-Cities tasting rooms

Red Mountain and other Benton City tasting rooms

Prosser and other tasting rooms

Geographic features

Sites of interest

Major highways

Demographics

Historical populations
Census Pop.  %±
1910 7,937
1920 10,903 37.4%
1930 10,952 0.4%
1940 12,053 10.1%
1950 51,370 326.2%
1960 62,070 20.8%
1970 67,540 8.8%
1980 109,444 62.0%
1990 112,560 2.8%
2000 142,475 26.6%
Est. 2008 163,058 14.4%

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 142,475 people, 52,866 households, and 38,063 families residing in the county. The population density was 84 people per square mile (32/km²). There were 55,963 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 86.25% White, 0.93% Black or African American, 0.82% Native American, 2.20% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 7.01% from other races, and 2.69% from two or more races. 12.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.1% were of German, 11.0% English, 9.1% United States or American and 8.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 86.4% spoke English and 10.3% Spanish as their first language.

There were 52,866 households out of which 38.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.60% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% were non-families. 23.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the county, the population was spread out with 29.70% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,044, and the median income for a family was $54,146. Males had a median income of $45,556 versus $27,232 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,301. About 7.80% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.30% of those under age 18 and 6.90% of those age 65 or over.

Census-recognized communities

Benton County

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Other communities

Further reading

References

External links

Coordinates: 46°15′N 119°30′W / 46.25°N 119.50°W / 46.25; -119.50


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Benton County, Washington
Map
File:Map of Washington highlighting Benton County.png
Location in the state of Washington
Map of the USA highlighting Washington
Washington's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded March 8, 1905
Seat Prosser
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
 sq mi ( km²), 3.24%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

142475
Website: www.co.benton.wa.us

Benton County is a county located in the south-central portion of the U.S. state of Washington. The Columbia River makes up the north, south, and east boundaries of the county. In 2000, its population was 142,475. The county seat is Prosser, and its largest city is Kennewick. It was named after Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton.

Benton County was created out of Klickitat County on March 8, 1905.[1]

Contents

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,559 km² (1,760 sq mi). 4,411 km² (1,703 sq mi) of it is land and 148 km² (57 sq mi) of it (3.24%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Wineries

The area of south-central Washington occupied by Benton County has been known primarily as an agricultural hub since its settlement by white Americans. The rise of viticulture has had a profound impact on the agricultural and tourism industries over the past two decades, and has in many ways reshaped the reputation of the region. Prominent wineries and tasting rooms located in the area include but are not limited to:

Tri-Cities tasting rooms

Red Mountain and other Benton City tasting rooms

Prosser and other tasting rooms

Geographic features

Sites of interest

Major highways

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 142,475 people, 52,866 households, and 38,063 families residing in the county. The population density was 32/km² (84/sq mi). There were 55,963 housing units at an average density of 13/km² (33/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 86.25% White, 0.93% Black or African American, 0.82% Native American, 2.20% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 7.01% from other races, and 2.69% from two or more races. 12.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 18.1% were of German, 11.0% English, 9.1% United States or American and 8.4% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000. 86.4% spoke English and 10.3% Spanish as their first language.

There were 52,866 households out of which 38.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.60% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% were non-families. 23.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.17.

In the county, the population was spread out with 29.70% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 98.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,044, and the median income for a family was $54,146. Males had a median income of $45,556 versus $27,232 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,301. About 7.80% of families and 10.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.30% of those under age 18 and 6.90% of those age 65 or over.

Census-recognized communities

Benton County

Other communities

Further Reading

External links

Coordinates: 46°15′N 119°30′W / 46.25, -119.50

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Benton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Washington. The county seat is Benton City, Washington.


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