Established in 1849, Benton is one of the original nine Minnesota counties.
Area: 408 Square Miles
Congressional District: 6
US Census Population (2010): 38,451
County Seat: Foley
Largest City: Sauk Rapids
Benton County is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Benton County strives to deliver efficient and effective services that will improve the lives of our residents, doing so in a fiscally responsible way.
Benton County Mission:
- Provide excellent service
- Make Benton County a great place to live and work, a great place to call home
- Help our business community prosper
- Keep the cost of government down through innovation, collaboration and technology
March 15, 2016
Today marks the commencement of the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association (MSA) Law Enforcement Scholarship Program for 2016. The MSA Board of Directors has established a scholarship fund for the awarding of up to 15- $600 scholarships for 2016. These scholarships exist because of the coordinated efforts of the 87 Sheriffs of the State of Minnesota.
Located in Central Minnesota, Benton County is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area. Benton County is one hour north of the Twin Cities and one hour south of premier lake and resort areas.
The largest city is Sauk Rapids, which has over 12,000 residents. The part of St. Cloud that is located in Benton County includes about 6,400 residents. Sartell's Benton County section includes over 2,000 people. Rice, with a population of over 1200, is located on the northwestern edge of the County.