Benton County, WA

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2022 Population
207,560
1.47% 1-year growth
US Senator
Patty Murray
Democratic Party
US Senator
Maria Cantwell
Democratic Party
2022 Median Age
36.1
0% 1-year change
2022 Poverty Rate
10.5%
0.217% 1-year decrease
2022 Median Household Income
$83,778
9.35% 1-year growth
2022 Median Property Value
$338,700
19.5% 1-year growth
2022 Employed Population
94,424
3.01% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Benton County, WA had a population of 208k people with a median age of 36.1 and a median household income of $83,778. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Benton County, WA grew from 204,551 to 207,560, a 1.47% increase and its median household income grew from $76,612 to $83,778, a 9.35% increase.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Benton County, WA are White (Non-Hispanic) (67.4%), White (Hispanic) (8.31%), Other (Hispanic) (8.25%), Two+ (Hispanic) (6.41%), and Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.35%).

None of the households in Benton County, WA reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

93.2% of the residents in Benton County, WA are U.S. citizens.

The largest universities in Benton County, WA are Paul Mitchell the School-Richland (176 degrees awarded in 2022), Victoria's Academy of Cosmetology (66 degrees), and Pacific Northwest Christian College (11 degrees).

In 2022, the median property value in Benton County, WA was $338,700, and the homeownership rate was 68.1%.

Most people in Benton County, WA drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 22.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Benton County, WA was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Benton County, WA is home to a population of 208k people, from which 93.2% are citizens. As of 2022, 11.5% of Benton County, WA residents were born outside of the country (23.9k people).

In 2022, there were 8.11 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (140k people) in Benton County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 17.3k White (Hispanic) and 17.1k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

93.2%
2022 Citizenship
93.4%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 93.2% of Benton County, WA residents were US citizens, which is lower than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Benton County, WA was 93.4%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been decreasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Benton County, WA
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    140k ± 477
  2. White (Hispanic)
    17.3k ± 1.61k
  3. Other (Hispanic)
    17.1k ± 1.62k
23.5%
Hispanic Population
48.8k people

In 2022, there were 8.11 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (140k people) in Benton County, WA than any other race or ethnicity. There were 17.3k White (Hispanic) and 17.1k Other (Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

23.5% of the people in Benton County, WA are hispanic (48.8k people).

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin
  1. Mexico
    244,390 ± 11,943 people
  2. India
    101,527 ± 7,771 people
  3. China
    86,360 ± 7,174 people

In 2022, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Washington was Mexico, the natal country of 244,390 Washington residents, followed by India with 101,527 and China with 86,360.

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Foreign-Born Population

11.5%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
23.9k people
11%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
22.5k people

As of 2022, 11.5% of Benton County, WA residents (23.9k people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Benton County, WA was 11%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    4,209 ± 429
  2. Gulf War (2001-)
    2,859 ± 550
  3. Gulf War (1990s)
    1,967 ± 311

Benton County, WA has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.47 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Benton County, WA employs 94.4k people. The largest industries in Benton County, WA are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,978 people), Retail Trade (10,075 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (9,579 people), and the highest paying industries are Utilities ($112,047), Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($91,889), and Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($84,263).

Males in Washington have an average income that is 1.34 times higher than the average income of females, which is $73,054. The income inequality in Washington (measured using the Gini index) is 0.47, which is lower than than the national average.

Occupations

94.4k
2022 Value
± 2,563
3.01%
1 Year growth
± 3.81%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Benton County, WA grew at a rate of 3.01%, from 91.7k employees to 94.4k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benton County, WA, are Management Occupations (9,652 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (8,947 people), and Sales & Related Occupations (7,990 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benton County, WA.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

94.4k
2022 Value
± 2,563
3.01%
1 Year growth
± 3.81%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Benton County, WA grew at a rate of 3.01%, from 91.7k employees to 94.4k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benton County, WA, are Health Care & Social Assistance (11,978 people), Retail Trade (10,075 people), and Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services (9,579 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Benton County, WA, though some of these residents may live in Benton County, WA and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$59,991
Median earning men ± $2,503
$38,340
Median earning women ± $1,778

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($96,153), Public Administration ($88,464), and Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($78,997).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Professional, Scientific, & Management, & Administrative & Waste Management Services ($60,134), Construction ($59,061), and Information ($55,625).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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3.62%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 3.58M people employed in Washington. This represents a 3.62% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 10.3%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Washington.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 2,030
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  2. 984
    Finance & Insurance, and Real Estate, Rental & Leasing
  3. 978
    Professional, Scientific & Management, and Administrative & Waste Management Services

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Benton County, WA went to Donald J. Trump with 58.6% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (37.6%), followed by Jo Jorgensen (2.63%).

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing the state of Washington. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Washington

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Patty Murray
Senator from Washington3
Assumed office on January 3, 1993
Maria Cantwell
Senator from Washington1
Assumed office on January 3, 2001

Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell are the senators currently representing Washington.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Washington

Washington is currently represented by 10 members in the U.S. house.

Members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms, and the following chart shows the how the members for Washington have changed over time starting in 2008.

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Education

In 2022, universities in Benton County, WA awarded 253 degrees. The student population of Benton County, WA in 2022 is skewed towards women, with 42 male students and 262 female students.

Most students graduating from Universities in Benton County, WA are Hispanic or Latino (95 and 37.8%), followed by White (80 and 31.9%), Two or More Races (41 and 16.3%), and Unknown (21 and 8.37%).

The largest universities in Benton County, WA by number of degrees awarded are Paul Mitchell the School-Richland (176 and 69.6%), Victoria's Academy of Cosmetology (66 and 26.1%), and Pacific Northwest Christian College (11 and 4.35%).

The most popular majors in Benton County, WA are General Cosmetology (117 and 46.2%), Aesthetician & Skin Care Specialist (44 and 17.4%), and Barbering (31 and 12.3%).

Enrollments by Gender and Races

In 2022 there were 304 students enrolled in Benton County, WA, 13.8% men and 86.2% women.

By race, the largest number of students enrolled was concentrated in Hispanic or Latino with 129 records, of which 77.5% were women and 22.5% men.

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Concentrations

Most Common
  1. 19 degrees awarded
  2. 117 degrees awarded
  3. 31 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common concentation for 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate recipients in Benton County, WA was Master Aesthetician with 19 degrees awarded.

This visualization illustrates the percentage of students graduating with a 1 to 2 Year Postsecondary Certificate from schools in Benton County, WA according to their major.

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Universities

Gender
Race
Largest Universities by degrees awarded
  1. 176 degrees awarded
  2. 66 degrees awarded
  3. 11 degrees awarded

In 2022, the institution with the largest number of graduating students was Paul Mitchell the School-Richland with 176 degrees awarded.

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Student Diversity

In 2022, 43 men were awarded degrees from institutions in Benton County, WA, which is 0.205 times less than the 210 female students who received degrees in the same year.

In 2022 the most common race/ethnicity group awarded degrees at institutions was Hispanic or Latino students. These 95 degrees mean that there were 1.19 times more degrees awarded to Hispanic or Latino students then the next closest race/ethnicity group, White, with 80 degrees awarded.

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Awarded Degrees over Time

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Average Net Price by Sector

Private not-for-profit, 2-year ($11,000) is the sector with the highest median state tuition in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 2-year ($175) is the sector with the highest median state fee in 2022.

Private not-for-profit, 2-year ($375) is the sector with the highest average net price of books and supplies.

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 0.975% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.954% of women were in the same situation.

This visualization shows the gender distribution of the population according to the academic level reached.

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Educational Attainment

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The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (1.41M), Some college (1.4M), and Bachelors Degree (1.33M).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benton County, WA was $338,700 in 2022, which is 1.2 times larger than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $283,400 to $338,700, a 19.5% increase. The homeownership rate in Benton County, WA is 68.1%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Benton County, WA have an average commute time of 22.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Benton County, WA is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Median household income in Benton County, WA is $83,778. In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income in Benton County, WA was Census Tract 108.11 with a value of $191,023, followed by Census Tract 108.14 and Census Tract 107.07, with respective values of $158,625 and $136,739.

In 2022, 14.2% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Benton County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 1.03%.

Property

$338,700
Median Property Value 2022
±$4,980
$51,384
Median Property Taxes
±$1,650

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Benton County, WA the largest share of households pay taxes in the $3k+ range.

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Rent vs Own

68.1%
Homeownership
2022
68.3%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 68.1% of the housing units in Benton County, WA were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 68.3%.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)
  1. Census Tract 108.11
  2. Census Tract 108.14
  3. Census Tract 107.07

In 2022, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Benton County, WA was Census Tract 108.11 with a value of $191,023, followed by Census Tract 108.14 and Census Tract 107.07, with respective values of $158,625 and $136,739.

The following map shows all of the tracts in Benton County, WA colored by their Median Household Income (Total).

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Household Income

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$83,778
Median Household Income
± $1,849
75.5k
Number of Households
± 2,179

In 2022, the median household income of the 75.5k households in Benton County, WA grew to $83,778 from the previous year's value of $76,612.

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, WA distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $75k - $100k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Benton County, WA is from Washington.
0.47
2022 Wage GINI in Washington
0.468
2021 Wage GINI in Washington

In 2022, the income inequality in Washington was 0.47 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.285% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Washington was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Washington in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (76.9%)
  2. Carpooled (10.4%)
  3. Worked At Home (9.99%)

In 2022, 76.9% of workers in Benton County, WA drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (10.4%) and those who worked at home (9.99%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

22.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benton County, WA have a shorter commute time (22.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 1.74% of the workforce in Benton County, WA have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, WA distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Benton County, WA have 2 cars.

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Severe Housing Problems

In 2022, 14.2% of the population was living with severe housing problems in Benton County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator grew 1.03%.

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Poverty & Diversity

10.5% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benton County, WA (21.6k out of 206k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is lower than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 6 - 11, followed by Females 25 - 34 and then Females 35 - 44.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Benton County, WA is White, followed by Hispanic and Other.

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Children in Poverty

In 2022, 11.5% of the children was living in poverty in Benton County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 9.5%.

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Crimes & Accidents

Indicator

In 2022, the number of reported violent crimes offenses per 100,000 population was 195 in Benton County, WA. From 2014 to 2022, the indicator declined 41 per 100,000 population.

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Health

92% of the population of Benton County, WA has health coverage, with 48.5% on employee plans, 19.1% on Medicaid, 11.2% on Medicare, 12.1% on non-group plans, and 1.16% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Benton County, WA see 1400 patients per year on average, which represents a 2.23% decrease from the previous year (1432 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 1404 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 329 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.3% were men and 50.7% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

1,400 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Benton County, WA

Primary care physicians in Benton County, WA see an average of 1,400 patients per year. This represents a 2.23% decrease from the previous year (1,432 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Benton County, WA in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 27.8% under 18 years, 20.7% between 18 and 34 years, 36.2% between 35 and 64 years, and 15.3% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 49.3% were men and 50.7% were women.

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Uninsured People

8%
Uninsured
48.5%
Employer Coverage
19.1%
Medicaid
11.2%
Medicare
12.1%
Non-Group
1.16%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benton County, WA grew by 5.92% from 7.56% to 8%.

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Health Outcomes

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In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was 43.1 in Benton County, WA.

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Health Behaviors

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In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 31.2% in Benton County, WA.

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Clinical Care

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In 2022, the percentage of population under age 65 without health insurance was 8.33% in Benton County, WA.

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