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  1. Public Schools
    C+
  2. Crime & Safety
    NG
  3. Housing
    B
  4. Nightlife
    B-
  5. Good for Families
    C+
  6. Diversity
    C+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    C
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    A-
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    C+
Benton is a town in Maine with a population of 2,689. Benton is in Kennebec County. Living in Benton offers residents a suburban rural mix feel and most residents own their homes. Many retirees live in Benton and residents tend to lean conservative.

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$127,100
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$618
National
$949
Area Feel
Suburban Rural Mix
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    9%
  • Own
    91%
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Benton Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
NG
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    282.7
  • Murder
    6.1
  • Rape
    40.7
  • Robbery
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    500.1
  • Theft
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    284

Residents

Diversity
C+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    6%
  • 10-17 years
    10%
  • 18-24 years
    5%
  • 25-34 years
    11%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    12%
  • 55-64 years
    21%
  • 65+ years
    23%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    5%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    9%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    35%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    43%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    8%
    13%

Working in Benton

Jobs
B
Based on employment rates, job and business growth, and cost of living.
Median Household Income
$47,398
National
$55,322

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Benton Reviews

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Crime has increased in the local area, I think mainly due to the rise in opiate addiction. Addicts are getting more desperate to find the drugs and there are more dealers coming to Maine from other states and making money from them! This is very scary to me and it seems to be getting worse. It seems that the police have had some busts and found some of the big time dealers but still of great concern.
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There are a few vacant buildings that have been foreclosed on by banks. Fortunately, gradually these homes have been auctioned off and people are moving into them! I have noticed this is improving. I wish the banks would try to help homeowners stay in their homes more rather than leave the home vacant and the families homeless!
I enjoy living in this area as there are employment opportunities for young adults and there is lots to do. Living expenses aren't terribly high here. There are lots of walking trails, with more popping up all the time!