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

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$109,600
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$654
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    24%
  • Own
    76%
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Polk County Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
A-
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    78
    283
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    0
    136
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    78
    500
  • Theft
    2,353
    2,043
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    78
    284
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Residents

Diversity
C
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$41,520
National
$55,322
Children
16%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    3%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    6%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    42%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    21%
    13%

Polk County Reviews

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The area that I live in is mostly farmland and chicken houses, that is people's source of income in this area.

The roads are maintained as best they can be, when driving through the area, the feeling you get is a small US town where "everyone knows everyone".

Benton is a small town with a large farm community around it, lots of fields, chicken houses, barns, and livestock.

It is not a heavy metropolis. Just a small town in southern Tennessee.
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We don't have much crime, but precautions could be taken nonetheless.
Most people who live in this area, are heavy drinkers or drug users of some kind, there are different areas people avoid because of the drug problems, also most people smoke here and diets are not regulated or are healthy overall. A lot of people have weight problems and heart attacks and strokes are common here. Meat is a staple for most peoples diets, not many vegetables and if so they are cooked or fried so not much nutrients is left.