Population: 33,613Median home value: $138,600 69 Ranks better than 51% of areas

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B Benton Amenities Some amenities close to this location
B- Benton Cost of Living Cost of living is 10% higher than Arkansas
928% less expensive than the US average
8416% less expensive than the US average
United States
100National cost of living index
Benton cost of living
D- Benton Crime Total crime is 18% higher than Arkansas
Total crime
4,28956% higher than the US average
Chance of being a victim
1 in 2456% higher than the US average
Year-over-year crime
11%Year over year crime is up
Benton crime
C- Benton Employment Household income is 30% higher than Arkansas
Median household income
$55,128equal to the US average
Income per capita
$26,75410% lower than the US average
Unemployment rate
3%41% lower than the US average
Benton employment
D+ Benton Housing Home value is 21% higher than Arkansas
Median home value
$138,60025% lower than the US average
Median rent price
$74022% lower than the US average
Home ownership
68%7% higher than the US average
Benton real estate or Benton rentals
D+ Benton Schools HS graduation rate is 4% higher than Arkansas
High school grad. rates
82%1% lower than the US average
School test scores
47%5% lower than the US average
Student teacher ratio
17:14% higher than the US average
Benton K-12 schools

Living in Benton, AR

Benton is a medium-sized city located in the state of Arkansas. The city has a population of 33,613 inhabitants. According to the most recent Census, 88% of Benton residents are White, 7% Black and 1% Asian. If you are looking for a family friendly city, Benton might be a good fit as 75% of the population over 15 years old are married, and 53% have kids who are 18 years old or younger.

Living in Benton can be a good experience for anyone moving to the area. Having said that, in the state of Arkansas, there are many incredible places to live, so choose wisely! Using the livability score which includes data from categories like crime, cost of living, employment, you can easily compare the best places to live in Benton and also determine if there are any nearby cities that might be a better match for your lifestyle. You can also compare Benton to Arkansas and the national average.

The livability score in Benton is 67/100 and the city is ranked in the 51st percentile of all cities across America. Based on the rankings for each individual category, Benton has been rewarded with high marks for amenities (B), cost of living (B-) and weather (B-). Benton does not score well for the following: crime (F). It might be a good idea to take a closer look at each category to find out why.

Location, location, location - possibly the three most important words in your search for a new place to live. Fortunately, in Benton, there is no shortage of amazing local amenities and interesting things to do. Here are some of the more popular things to do in Benton: Jerry Van Dykes Soda Shoppe, Body Wellness Massage School, and Atha Massage Clinic.

There are many factors that go into deciding if an area is the right fit for your lifestyle. Certain “must haves” like low crime, great schools and nearby amenities are all at the top of most people's lists. But before even considering if those options are available, most people will need to know if the real estate in Benton is actually affordable. Median real estate prices in Benton come in at $138,600, which is 20.8% higher than the Arkansas average. The home price to income ratio compares the median home prices to the median household income. In Benton, the home price to income ratio is 2.5, which is 7.4% lower than the Arkansas average. Knowing if your home will appreciate on a long term or even a short term basis should be factored into your decision making. An increase in your home’s value can be a good way to generate tax-free equity that can create long term financial security. In the past year, appreciation rates for homes in the Benton area were 4.4% and 5 year appreciation rates were 4.1%.

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Compare Benton, AR Livability To Other Cities

Best Neighborhoods In & Around Benton, AR

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Rock Creek, Little Rock7315.214,605
John Barrow, Little Rock6515.312,652
South Geyer Springs, Little Rock6413.32,070
West Markham, Little Rock6216.62,904
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
65th Street West, Little Rock6213.43,738
Walnut Valley, Little Rock6115.88,177
Cloverdale Watson, Little Rock6113.95,944
Otter Creek Crystal, Little Rock6110.46,834

Best Cities Near Benton, AR

PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Cammack Village, AR7919.1969
Salem, AR773.72,571
Magnet Cove, AR7717.9354
Natural Steps, AR7520.9464
PlaceLivability scoreScoreMilesPopulationPop.
Rockwell, AR7232.93,883
McAlmont, AR7226.11,845
Avilla, AR728.1994
Gibson, AR7129.15,071
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Benton: A Little Off The Beaten Path

I lived in Benton for a little while but ultimately left for a city with more opportunities. Benton is about a half hour away from Little Rock and unless you're comfortable driving that distance regularly, you might feel limited in Benton. It's the kind of city that is better suited for retirees or people who don't seek out an active lifestyle that you'd find in a bigger city. The jobs are what you'd expect in a small town, but buying a home or renting an apartment is fairly affordable.

The Military Plaza Shopping Center is probably the best area in Benton and is where most of the supermarkets and stores are located. There isn't any public transportation at all so you'll need your own vehicle to get around. However, there are a couple of movie theaters in Benton so there are some options available for entertainment. Other than that though, you may need to hit the road for Little Rock.
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