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Benton, Arkansas

Benton, Arkansas
Administration
Full nameBenton, Arkansas
Official nameBenton, Arkansas
Settlement typeCity
CountryUnited States
StateArkansas
CountySaline
Geography
Total Area18.4 sq mi (47.7 km2)
Land Area17.9 sq mi (46.4 km2)
Water Area0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
Elevation407 ft (124.1 m)
Demography
Total Population21906 (2000)
Density (pop.)459.5/km2 (1190.5/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneCentral (CST) (UTC-6)
- Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
Area code501
FIPS code05-05290 
GNIS feature ID0046394 

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Benton is a city in and the county seat of Saline County, Arkansas, United States and a suburb of Little Rock. It was established in 1837. According to a 2006 Special Census conducted at the request of the city government, the population of the city is 27,717, ranking it as the state's 16th largest city, behind Texarkana. However in the 2010 census, the city population increased to 30,681, making it the 12th largest city in the state of Arkansas. It is part of the Little Rock - North Little Rock - Conway Metropolitan Statistical Area. The city of Benton, first settled in 1833 and named after Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton, was formally chartered in 1836 when Arkansas became a state.


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