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8/24/14 Benton County, MN Tornado (HD)
8/24/14 Benton County, MN Tornado (HD)
Published: 2014/08/25
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The Benton County Advantage
The Benton County Advantage
Published: 2016/04/26
Channel: Kalton Communications
Tornado Benton County 8/24/14 Touch Down Part 1
Tornado Benton County 8/24/14 Touch Down Part 1
Published: 2014/11/28
Channel: KayakForLife
Tornado touches down in Benton County
Tornado touches down in Benton County
Published: 2013/06/02
Channel: WLFITV
Sauk Rapids and Benton County Images of America Minnesota
Sauk Rapids and Benton County Images of America Minnesota
Published: 2017/06/07
Channel: krinca gordan
3M Adhesive Project in Benton County, Minnesota
3M Adhesive Project in Benton County, Minnesota
Published: 2013/08/19
Channel: Brock White
Benton county mn srorm july 2016
Benton county mn srorm july 2016
Published: 2016/07/13
Channel: Mark Bredemus
Benton County Community Video - Clip 1
Benton County Community Video - Clip 1
Published: 2006/10/24
Channel: Becky LaPlant
Tornado Benton County 8/24/14 Part 2
Tornado Benton County 8/24/14 Part 2
Published: 2014/11/28
Channel: KayakForLife
Hydrophonics - Benton County Fair
Hydrophonics - Benton County Fair
Published: 2006/09/16
Channel: Jimmy Ography
Benton County Video Clip - 2
Benton County Video Clip - 2
Published: 2006/10/24
Channel: Becky LaPlant
Benton County Video Clip - 3
Benton County Video Clip - 3
Published: 2006/10/24
Channel: Becky LaPlant
Benton County Video Clip - 4
Benton County Video Clip - 4
Published: 2006/10/24
Channel: Becky LaPlant
Benton County MN Aurora Borealis - 5/3/2016
Benton County MN Aurora Borealis - 5/3/2016
Published: 2016/05/03
Channel: StormChasingVideo
8/24/2014 Benton County, MN POV Tornado B-Roll
8/24/2014 Benton County, MN POV Tornado B-Roll
Published: 2014/08/25
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Gilman, MN tornado 8-24-14 (Benton County)
Gilman, MN tornado 8-24-14 (Benton County)
Published: 2014/08/25
Channel: Hunter Anderson
Tax Lien Benton County MN
Tax Lien Benton County MN
Published: 2015/11/19
Channel: Can't Pay Taxes
Benton County Batman has arrived!
Benton County Batman has arrived!
Published: 2016/03/11
Channel: Steel Toe Morning Show
Benton County, MN Aurora IR & Visible Light Timelapse - 6/24/2016
Benton County, MN Aurora IR & Visible Light Timelapse - 6/24/2016
Published: 2016/06/24
Channel: StormChasingVideo
MN Senate District 14 Recount - Benton County
MN Senate District 14 Recount - Benton County
Published: 2016/12/05
Channel: Michael McIntee
Benton County Video Clip - 5
Benton County Video Clip - 5
Published: 2006/10/24
Channel: Becky LaPlant
August 24 2014 Benton County Minnesota Tornado
August 24 2014 Benton County Minnesota Tornado
Published: 2014/08/27
Channel: mnwxchaser
8/24/2014 Benton County, MN Damaging Tornado & Aftermath B-Roll
8/24/2014 Benton County, MN Damaging Tornado & Aftermath B-Roll
Published: 2014/08/25
Channel: StormChasingVideo
Sauk Rapids and Benton County Images of America Minnesota
Sauk Rapids and Benton County Images of America Minnesota
Published: 2017/06/21
Channel: cotinho marselo
2015 benton county MN might mini derby
2015 benton county MN might mini derby
Published: 2015/08/14
Channel: Preston Gravelle
Tornado - Benton County, MN - August 24th, 2014
Tornado - Benton County, MN - August 24th, 2014
Published: 2014/08/25
Channel: TwisterGeeks
Plumber Benton County MN - AAA Sewer & Drain Cleaning
Plumber Benton County MN - AAA Sewer & Drain Cleaning
Published: 2017/04/11
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5/10/2011 Benton County MN Hail Storm And  Funnel Clouds
5/10/2011 Benton County MN Hail Storm And Funnel Clouds
Published: 2011/05/11
Channel: StormChasingVideo
Benton County Fair Talent Show - Final Round
Benton County Fair Talent Show - Final Round
Published: 2011/08/08
Channel: AM 1240 WJON
14 Aug 24th Benton County MN Tornadoes
14 Aug 24th Benton County MN Tornadoes
Published: 2014/08/25
Channel: Tanner Schaaf
9/9/2015 Benton County MN REAL TIME Auroras and Proton Arc
9/9/2015 Benton County MN REAL TIME Auroras and Proton Arc
Published: 2015/09/09
Channel: StormChasingVideo
Benton County Fair
Benton County Fair
Published: 2014/08/11
Channel: 98.1 Minnesota's New Country
8-7-13 benton county fair demolition derby sauk rapids mn
8-7-13 benton county fair demolition derby sauk rapids mn
Published: 2013/08/22
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8/26/2015 Benton County, MN Aurora Borealis Footage in Real Time
8/26/2015 Benton County, MN Aurora Borealis Footage in Real Time
Published: 2015/08/26
Channel: StormChasingVideo
Full Throttle Benton County Fair 2WD Buggy
Full Throttle Benton County Fair 2WD Buggy
Published: 2013/08/13
Channel: Jacob Scherer
Benton County, MN Tornado - Dash Cam / Live Stream Recording - 8/24/2014
Benton County, MN Tornado - Dash Cam / Live Stream Recording - 8/24/2014
Published: 2014/08/26
Channel: TwisterGeeks
Benton County Museun 2014
Benton County Museun 2014
Published: 2014/06/11
Channel: Charles Florin
Property title records in Benton County Minnesota | AFX
Property title records in Benton County Minnesota | AFX
Published: 2014/07/16
Channel: AFX Videos
Foley Minnesota
Foley Minnesota's Mr. Jim's Food & Liquor On Our Story's What's Cookin
Published: 2015/06/29
Channel: Jeff Rouse
Full Throttle Benton County Fair 4WD SC
Full Throttle Benton County Fair 4WD SC
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: Jacob Scherer
benton county fair moto #1
benton county fair moto #1
Published: 2009/08/08
Channel: trx400r6
Benton county  MN Consumer Credit Counseling call 1-888-551-1270
Benton county MN Consumer Credit Counseling call 1-888-551-1270
Published: 2014/02/26
Channel: Cheryl Mesa
Whistleblower Lawyer Benton County, MN (866) 598-0941 Minnesota Qui Tam Lawsuit
Whistleblower Lawyer Benton County, MN (866) 598-0941 Minnesota Qui Tam Lawsuit
Published: 2014/02/26
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benton fair mn 2013
benton fair mn 2013
Published: 2013/12/22
Channel: Chad Heid
Full Throttle Benton County Fair Stadium Truck
Full Throttle Benton County Fair Stadium Truck
Published: 2013/08/12
Channel: Jacob Scherer
STARMAN KIRK BENTON ST. CLOUD MINNESOTA
STARMAN KIRK BENTON ST. CLOUD MINNESOTA
Published: 2014/03/01
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Court Reporter Benton County, MN (866) 357-1796 Minnesota
Court Reporter Benton County, MN (866) 357-1796 Minnesota
Published: 2013/08/19
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Benton county fair moto #2
Benton county fair moto #2
Published: 2009/08/09
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Stearns/Benton County Storm 5-1-12
Stearns/Benton County Storm 5-1-12
Published: 2012/05/02
Channel: Chris Wagner
8-24-14 Central Minnesota Storm Chase (Benton-Morrison County Tornado!)
8-24-14 Central Minnesota Storm Chase (Benton-Morrison County Tornado!)
Published: 2014/12/20
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Benton County, Minnesota
Seal of Benton County, Minnesota
Seal
Map of Minnesota highlighting Benton County
Location in the U.S. state of Minnesota
Map of the United States highlighting Minnesota
Minnesota's location in the U.S.
Founded October 27, 1849 (created)
1850 (organized)[1]
Named for Thomas Hart Benton
Seat Foley
Largest city Sauk Rapids
Area
 • Total 413 sq mi (1,070 km2)
 • Land 408 sq mi (1,057 km2)
 • Water 4.8 sq mi (12 km2), 1.2%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 39,992
 • Density 94/sq mi (36/km²)
Congressional district 6th
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5
Website www.co.benton.mn.us

Benton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 38,451.[2] Its county seat is Foley.[3] Established in 1849 and organized in 1850, the county is one of the oldest in Minnesota.[4] Benton County was named for Thomas Hart Benton, a U.S. Senator from Missouri.[5]

Benton County is part of the St. Cloud, MN Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN-WI Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 413 square miles (1,070 km2), of which 408 square miles (1,060 km2) is land and 4.8 square miles (12 km2) (1.2%) is water.[6] It is the fifth-smallest county in Minnesota by land area and fourth-smallest by total area.

Native vegetation based on NRCS soils information[7]
Soils of Sartell WMA neighborhood

Lakes[edit]

Source: United States Census Bureau 2007 TIGER/Line Shapefiles[8]

Major highways[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Climate and weather[edit]

Foley, Minnesota
Climate chart (explanation)
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Average max. and min. temperatures in °F
Precipitation totals in inches
Source: The Weather Channel[9]

In recent years, average temperatures in the county seat of Foley have ranged from a low of 2 °F (−17 °C) in January to a high of 82 °F (28 °C) in July, although a record low of −43 °F (−42 °C) was recorded in January 1977 and a record high of 107 °F (42 °C) was recorded in July 1936. Average monthly precipitation ranged from 0.62 inches (16 mm) in February to 4.17 inches (106 mm) in June.[9]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 418
1860 627 50.0%
1870 1,558 148.5%
1880 3,012 93.3%
1890 6,284 108.6%
1900 9,912 57.7%
1910 11,615 17.2%
1920 14,073 21.2%
1930 15,056 7.0%
1940 16,106 7.0%
1950 15,911 −1.2%
1960 17,287 8.6%
1970 20,841 20.6%
1980 25,187 20.9%
1990 30,185 19.8%
2000 34,226 13.4%
2010 38,451 12.3%
Est. 2016 39,992 [10] 4.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[11]
1790-1960[12] 1900-1990[13]
1990-2000[14] 2010-2016[2]
Age pyramid of county residents based on 2000 U.S. census data

As of the census of 2000,[15] there were 34,226 people, 13,065 households, and 8,518 families residing in the county. The population density was 84 people per square mile (32/km²). There were 13,460 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.22% White, 0.78% Black or African American, 0.52% Native American, 1.15% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 0.90% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 47.8% were of German, 12.1% Polish and 8.8% Norwegian ancestry.

There were 13,065 households out of which 35.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.10% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.80% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the county, the population was spread out with 27.10% under the age of 18, 12.20% from 18 to 24, 31.00% from 25 to 44, 18.70% from 45 to 64, and 11.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 32 years. For every 100 females there were 99.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $41,968, and the median income for a family was $51,277. Males had a median income of $33,214 versus $22,737 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,008. About 4.50% of families and 7.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.30% of those under age 18 and 12.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities[edit]

Townships[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

Ghost towns[edit]

  • East St. Cloud
  • Esteville (partial)
  • Minden

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 64.2% 12,872 28.1% 5,640 7.7% 1,546
2012 55.3% 10,849 41.7% 8,173 3.0% 597
2008 53.5% 10,338 43.7% 8,454 2.8% 547
2004 54.6% 10,043 43.8% 8,059 1.5% 282
2000 51.4% 7,663 40.3% 6,009 8.3% 1,236
1996 36.5% 4,835 45.4% 6,006 18.1% 2,392
1992 35.2% 5,053 35.9% 5,156 29.0% 4,162
1988 50.3% 6,060 48.7% 5,861 1.0% 119
1984 57.5% 6,830 41.4% 4,922 1.1% 131
1980 46.8% 5,513 44.8% 5,272 8.5% 997
1976 37.4% 4,099 56.9% 6,235 5.8% 631
1972 49.4% 4,652 45.4% 4,282 5.2% 492
1968 43.3% 3,470 50.2% 4,022 6.5% 524
1964 37.5% 2,818 62.2% 4,679 0.3% 23
1960 44.2% 3,324 55.6% 4,175 0.2% 16
1956 57.8% 3,591 42.0% 2,609 0.3% 16
1952 59.5% 3,856 40.0% 2,587 0.5% 33
1948 38.2% 2,297 60.4% 3,632 1.4% 86
1944 56.8% 2,988 42.9% 2,258 0.3% 18
1940 55.8% 3,491 43.8% 2,742 0.5% 28
1936 30.7% 1,783 53.5% 3,111 15.8% 919
1932 24.8% 1,329 72.9% 3,901 2.2% 120
1928 46.3% 2,373 53.3% 2,732 0.4% 21
1924 41.9% 1,629 14.7% 572 43.4% 1,687
1920 78.8% 2,920 15.0% 554 6.2% 230
1916 49.1% 1,020 45.5% 945 5.4% 113
1912 24.4% 468 29.3% 562 46.4% 890
1908 54.1% 1,001 41.4% 765 4.5% 84
1904 71.9% 1,205 25.8% 433 2.3% 38
1900 51.6% 849 45.6% 751 2.8% 46
1896 46.6% 778 52.0% 867 1.4% 24
1892 25.6% 426 34.7% 577 39.7% 659

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Minnesota Place Names". Minnesota Historical Society. Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 31, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Upham, Warren (1920). Minnesota Geographic Names: Their Origin and Historic Significance. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 49. 
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on October 6, 2014. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ Nelson, Steven (2011). Savanna Soils of Minnesota. Minnesota: Self. pp. 61 - 64. ISBN 978-0-615-50320-2.
  8. ^ "United States Census Bureau 2007 TIGER/Line Shapefiles". Archived from the original on 2007-03-10. 
  9. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Foley, Minnesota". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 2011-11-06. 
  10. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  11. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 5, 2014. 
  15. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  16. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS

External links[edit]

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