Benton County, Missouri

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Benton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Missouri. As of 2000, the population was 17,180. In 2005, its estimated population was 18,854. From 2000-2005, the population of the county grew 9.7%, making it the ninth fastest growing county in the state of Missouri[1]. Its county seat is Warsaw[2]. The county was organized in 1835 and named for Thomas Hart Benton, U.S. senator from Missouri.



According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 752 square miles (1,947.7 km2), of which 706 square miles (1,828.5 km2) is land and 47 square miles (121.7 km2) (6.24%) is water.

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As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 17,180 people, 7,420 households, and 5,179 families residing in the county. The population density was 24 people per square mile (9/km²). There were 12,691 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 97.96% White, 0.15% Black or African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. 0.89% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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