Benton County, Tennessee

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Benton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Tennessee. As of 2000, the population is 16,537. The 2005 Census Estimate placed the population at 16,467 [1]. Its county seat is Camden[1].

Benton County is located in northwest Tennessee, bordering the western branch of the Tennessee River and 30 miles south of the Kentucky border. Aside from Camden, other major communities include agrarian communities Big Sandy and Holladay. It is known well in the area for its duck hunting and fishing industries, and in the past, was recognized for sorghum production, although it is no longer produced there.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 436 square miles (1,129.2 km2), of which 395 square miles (1,023.0 km2) is land and 41 square miles (106.2 km2) (9.48%) is water.

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History

Benton County was formed in 1835 from part of Humphreys County. It was named in honor of David Benton (1779–1860), who was an early settler in the county and a member of the Third Regiment, Tennessee Militia in the Creek War.

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 16,537 people, 6,863 households, and 4,886 families residing in the county. The population density was 42 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 8,595 housing units at an average density of 22 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.44% White, 2.10% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.20% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.95% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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