B
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    C-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B+
  5. Good for Families
    B-
  6. Diversity
    B-
  7. Jobs
    C+
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    A
  10. Health & Fitness
    B-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B-
  12. Commute
    A

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$66,600
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$641
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    37%
  • Own
    63%

Benton Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    286
    0
  • Murder
    0
    0
  • Rape
    57
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    0
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    343
    1
  • Theft
    557
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    0
    0

Residents

Diversity
B-
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$36,770
National
$53,889
Children
18%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    6%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    16%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    27%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    16%
    13%
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Benton Reviews

2 reviews
Overall, Benton is a safe, quiet town that combines the security of a small village with the convenience of a city. It's close to larger cities such as Mount Vernon, but has all you'd need right within it.
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I've lived here my entire life. It is a shattered husk of a town that has been in steady decline after the collapse of the coal mining industry about thirty years ago. The last movie theater and bowling alley shuttered their doors a few years ago, so there is literally no venue of entertainment anymore, which probably explains the rampant drug problems and incredibly high teen pregnancy rates.