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Population Characteristics

 

Benton County Quickfacts

Population, Census

Benton County, 2010 (Total): 38,451
Foley, 2010: 2,603
Gilman, 2010: 224
Rice, 2010: 1,275
St. Cloud (Benton County Section): 6,391
Sartell (Benton County Section): 2, 011
Sauk Rapids, 2010: 12,773

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Population Growth

Over the past four decades, the population of Benton County has grown steadily, increasing by 101% since 1960. After particularly rapid growth from 1970 to 1990, the county since 1990 has seen a slower rate of growth and may continue to do so through 2010. Table 1 shows the growth of the county's population from 1950 to 2000. As of 1997, the county has averaged an annual rate of population growth of 1% - which made it the 21st fastest growing county, of Minnesota's 87 counties.

Table 1 - Benton County Population Growth

Year Population Raw Change Percent Growth
1950 15,911 N/A -1.2%
1960 17,287 1,376 8.6%
1970 20,841 3,554 20.6%
1980 25,187 4,346 20.9%
1990 30,185 4,998 19.8%
2000 34,226 4,041 13.45%
2010 38,451 4,225 12.3%

Source: Minnesota State Demographers Office

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Population by Political Sub-Division

The information in Table 2 shows the population of the county by each political sub-division over the course of the last 50 years. Except for the city of Ronneby, each of the political sub-divisions has increased in population over the years.

Table 2 - Population by Political Sub-Division

Township/City 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 2000
Alberta Township 931 883 827 757 760 885
Foley City 1,089 1,112 1,271 1,606 1,854 2,086
Gilman City *** *** *** 156 192 296
Gilmanton Township 1,033 924 906 861 775 856
Glendorado Township 816 764 726 765 762 840
Graham Township 513 518 543 579 549 584
Granite Ledge Township 546 600 609 581 615 713
Langola Township 263 274 338 714 795 883
Mayhew Lake Township 731 716 715 743 751 842
Maywood Township 916 903 855 817 845 952
Minden Township 627 788 1,307 1,828 1,900 2,105
Rice City 328 387 366 499 610 705
Ronneby City 72 84 59 56 58 49
St. Cloud City (part) 2,973 3,209 4,108 4,645 5,950 6,099
St. George Township 806 822 888 959 856 976
Sartell City (part) * * * 1,277 1,844 2,140
Sauk Rapids City * * * 5,973 7,825 9,458
Sauk Rapids Township 3,963 4,848 1,085 1,843 2,394 2,820
Watab Township 254 455 1,086 1,843 2,394 2,830

* Included in Sauk Rapids Township 1940-1970
** Without Sauk Rapids and Sartell
*** Included in Gilmanton Township 1940-1970

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2000

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Age Distribution

Slightly more than 30% of Benton County's population is under 20 years old, compared to just over 29% for the entire state. Overall, the county's population had a median age of 31.9 in 2000, compared to 35.4 for the state of Minnesota and 35.3 for the nation as a whole. Table 3 gives a breakdown of the county and state age distributions as of 2000. Benton County has 67% of the population considered to be "working age" or between the ages of 15 and 64.

Table 3 - Benton County Age Distribution

Age Population Percent Minnesota
0 to 4 2,474 7% 7%
5 to 9 2,476 7% 7%
10 to 14 2,647 8% 8%
15 to 19 2,729 8% 8%
20 to 24 3,120 9% 7%
25 to 44 10,618 31% 30%
45 to 64 6,397 19% 22%
65 to 84 3,061 9% 10%
85+ 704 2% 2%
18+ 24,965 73% 74%

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2000

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Urban/Rural Population

Figure 1 provides a breakdown of the county's urban and rural population since 1950. Urban is classified as census blocks with at least 1,000 people and those areas that surround urban census blocks that have an overall density of at least 500 people. The graph indicates that the urban areas of Benton County are continuously growing fastest.

Figure 1 - Benton County Urban/Rural Population

Urban Rural Chart

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Population by Gender

Table 4 shows Benton County's population by gender over the past four decades. The past forty years have seen a turn-around in the male female breakdown of the population. In 1960, males outnumbered females. Ten years later, the gap had narrowed somewhat, but males still outnumbered females in the county. By 1980, the situation was reversed with females gaining a small numerical edge.

Table 4 - Benton County Population by Gender

Year Males Females
1960 8,846 8,442
1970 10,555 10,286
1980 12,457 12,730
1999 14,849 15,336
2000 17,077 17,149

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2000

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Population by Ethnicity

The population of Benton County, like that of the state as a whole, is overwhelmingly of European decent. As of 2000, minorities comprised only 3.9% of the county's total population. Figure 2 depicts the ethnic makeup of Benton County. Persons of Asian decent made up the second largest ethnic group in the county, followed closely by African Americans.

Figure 2 - Benton County Population by Ethnicity

Ethnicity Chart

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2001

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