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  Benton County  

  Population
         
  Population Benton County Tennessee
  Population 2000: 16,537 5,689,283
  Population Change 1990-2000: 13.9% 16.7%
  Percent Urban 2000: 22.1% 63.6%
  Percent Nonwhite: 3.6% 19.8%
 
Source: U.S. Census 2000


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  Education
         
  Education Level of Adults 2000                  1990            
  Adults with a high school/GED diploma or above: 7,761 5,598
  Adults with nine or more years of education
but no diploma:
2,400 2,094
  Adults with less than nine years of education: 1,637 2,254
 
Source: Adults 25 and older, U.S. Census 2000
   
       
  Percent of Adults 25 and Over with a High School or
GED Diploma in 2000
2000 1990
  High County: 90.1% 82.0%
  Benton County: 65.8% 56.3%
  Low County: 55.2% 37.0%
  State Average: 75.9% 57.9%
 
Source: U.S. Census 2000
   
       
  Local Expenditures Per Pupil
In Average Daily Attendance for the School Year 2002
2002 1990
  High District: $8,502 $2,724
  Benton County: $6,108 $1,122
  Low District: $4,427 $385
  State Average: $6,094 $1,124
 
Source: TN Education Association 2002
   
 

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  Economic
         
  Employment by Occupation 2000 1990
  Management/Professional: 20.7% 19.5%
  Service: 15.5% 15.4%
  Sales/Office: 19.0% 26.3%
  Farming/Fishing/Forestry: 1.4% 5.3%
  Construction/Extraction/Maintenance: 14.9% 6.9%
  Production/Transportation/Material Moving: 28.5% 26.7%
 
Source: U.S. Census 2000
   
       
  Per Capita Income for 2000 2000 1990
  High County: $32,496 $19,339
  Benton County: $14,646 $10,046
  Low County: $10,794 $6,266
 
Source: U.S. Census 2000
   
       
  Unemployment Rate 2002
2002 1990
  High District: 11.5% 14.3%
  Benton County: 5.5% - 410 persons 7.3% - 530 persons
  Low District: 2.4% 2.6%
 
Source: TN Department of Labor & Workforce Development, Sept. 2002
   
       
  Percent of Persons Below the Poverty Level 2000 2000 1990
  High County: 29.4% 40.0%
  Benton County: 15.6% - 2,539 persons 17.2% - 2,458 persons
  Low County: 4.7% 5.8%
 
Source: U.S. Census 2000
   
 

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Data Assembled by the Center for Literacy Studies, University of Tennessee
Last Updated: December 13, 2002