Benton, New York

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Benton is a town in Yates County, New York, United States. The population was 2,640 at the 2000 census. The town is named after an early resident.

The Town of Benton is located in the northeast part of the county. Benton is on the west side of Seneca Lake, north of Penn Yan, New York.



Kashanquash, a village of the Seneca tribe, was located in the northeast part of Benton as late as 1779. The region became part of the Phelps and Gorham Purchase.

The town was formed in 1803 from the Town of Jerusalem before the formation of Yates County. Originally called the "Town of Vernon," the name was changed to "Snell" to avoid confusion with another "Vernon." Finally, the name was changed to "Benton," after Levi Benton, thought to be the first settler in the town.

In 1818, the town was reduced in size by the founding of the Town of Milo. A further loss of territory came about in 1851 when the Town of Torrey was created.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.4 square miles (115.1 km²), of which, 41.5 square miles (107.4 km²) of it is land and 3.0 square miles (7.7 km²) of it (6.66%) is water.

The north town line is the border of Ontario County, and part of the east town line, marked by Seneca Lake, is the border of Seneca County.

Benton is in the Finger Lakes region of New York.

New York State Route 14 is a north-south highway along the edge of Seneca Lake, while New York State Route 14A is a north-south highway in the western part of the town. New York State Route 364 crosses the southwest corner of Benton.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,640 people, 864 households, and 642 families residing in the town. The population density was 63.6 people per square mile (24.6/km²). There were 956 housing units at an average density of 23.0/sq mi (8.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.86% White, 0.42% African American, 0.15% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.42% of the population.

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