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Encyclopedia > Benton County, Washington

Benton County is a county located in the south central of the state of Washington. The Columbia River makes up the north, south, and east boundries of the county. As of 2000, the population is 142,475. The county seat is Prosser. It was named after Missouri Senator Thomas Hart Benton.

Benton County




According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 4,559 km (1,760 mi). 4,411 km (1,703 mi) of it is land and 148 km (57 mi) of it is water. The total area is 3.24% water.

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As of the census2 of 2000, there are 142,475 people, 52,866 households, and 38,063 families residing in the county. The population density is 32/km (84/mi). There are 55,963 housing units at an average density of 13/km (33/mi). The racial makeup of the county is 86.25% White, 0.93% Black or African American, 0.82% Native American, 2.20% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 7.01% from other races, and 2.69% from two or more races. 12.50% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 52,866 households out of which 38.20% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.60% are married couples living together, 10.20% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.00% are non-families. 23.20% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.70% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.68 and the average family size is 3.17.

In the county, the population is spread out with 29.70% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 22.90% from 45 to 64, and 10.30% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 34 years. For every 100 females there are 98.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 96.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $47,044, and the median income for a family is $54,146. Males have a median income of $45,556 versus $27,232 for females. The per capita income for the county is $21,301. 10.30% of the population and 7.80% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 14.30% of those under the age of 18 and 6.90% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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Regions: Central Washington | Columbia River Plateau | Eastern Washington | Inland Empire | Kitsap Peninsula | Olympic Peninsula | Okanogan Country | Palouse | Puget Sound | San Juan Islands | Western Washington | Yakima Valley
Largest Cities: Auburn | Bellevue | Bellingham | Bremerton | Edmonds | Everett | Federal Way | Kennewick | Kent | Kirkland | Lakewood | Olympia | Redmond | Renton | Richland | Seattle | Shoreline | Spokane | Tacoma | Vancouver | Yakima
Counties: Adams | Asotin | Benton | Chelan | Clallam | Clark | Columbia | Cowlitz | Douglas | Ferry | Franklin | Garfield | Grant | Grays Harbor | Island | Jefferson | King | Kitsap | Kittitas | Klickitat | Lewis | Lincoln | Mason | Okanogan | Pacific | Pend Oreille | Pierce | San Juan | Skagit | Skamania | Snohomish | Spokane | Stevens | Thurston | Wahkiakum | Walla Walla | Whatcom | Whitman | Yakima

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Benton County, Washington (19121 words)
Benton County reads all three of these provisions together to mean that personal property that is moved into a Washington county between January 1 and July 1 of a year is generally subject to taxation by that county into which it is moved in that year.
Benton County maintains that it is proper to include the entire amount of these DOE expenditures as improvements under the cost approach, since they would have to be expended by an owner trying to replicate the BWIP as of the effective date of the appraisal.
Benton County emphasizes the fact that the BWIP's location in and adjacent to the 200 West "waste management" area of the Hanford Reservation was an indicator in 1986 of its potential for development as a high level nuclear waste repository.
Benton County, Washington - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (555 words)
Benton County is a county located in the south central of the state of Washington.
Although all county offices are in Prosser, the vast majority of county officials reside in either Kennewick or Richland.
This situation could easily be remedied by making Kennekick the county seat; however, Prosser residents object every time the issue is brought to the ballot, claiming that the relocation of the county seat would cripple the economy of the town.
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