Jamie Stitt

Assistant Commissioner, Business and Workforce Development

Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave., Nashville, TN 37243
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Benton County

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Benton County

Population & Demographics

Location

Time Zone

Central Time Zone

Grand Division

West Tennessee

Area (Square Miles)

394.1

County Seat

Camden

Metropolitan Area

West Tennessee nonmetropolitan area

ECD Region

Northwest

Population

Population

(2014)

16,489

Population

(2019)

15,864

Population Change

(2014 - 2019)

-3.80%

Population Forecast

(2040)

15,979

Foreign Born Population

249

Foreign Born Persons (Percentage of Population)

1.50%

Language Other Than English Spoken At Home

1.10%

Civilian Veteran Population

1,295

Race (Percentage of Population)

White Alone

91.30%

Black or African American, alone

2.00%

American Indian And Alaska Native, alone

0.40%

Asian, alone

0.70%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, alone

0.00%

Some Other Race, alone

0.80%

Two or More Races

4.80%

Hispanic or Latino

2.40%

Age (Percentage of Population)
Male
Female
Total

Under 5 Years Old

Male: 4.90%

Female: 4.30%

Total: 4.60%

Under 18 Years Old

Male: 21.00%

Female: 18.00%

Total: 19.50%

18-64 Years Old

Male: 57.00%

Female: 56.40%

Total: 56.70%

65 Years and Over

Male: 22.00%

Female: 25.60%

Total: 23.80%

Median Age

Male: 46.4

Female: 49.4

Total: 47.9

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2015-2019 5-Year American Community Survey
U.S. Census Bureau, 2019 Annual Population Estimates
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics
Tennessee State Data Center (2018)

Housing & Income

Housing & Income

Households

6,786

Homeownership Rate

77.1%

Persons Per Household

2.36

Living In Same House 1 Year & Over

92.3%

Median Home Value

$85,600

Annual Home Sales

148

Median Sale Price of Homes Sold

$96,250

Persons In Households With Income Below Poverty Level

19.5%

Total Personal Income

$557,230

Personal Income Per Capita

$34,482

County Median Wage

$15.75

Household Income & Benefits
Percent of Household

Less Than $10,000

10.3%

$10,000 to $14,999

8.7%

$15,000 to $24,999

17.0%

$25,000 to $34,999

10.9%

$35,000 to $49,999

16.3%

$50,000 to $74,999

17.5%

$75,000 to $99,999

9.5%

$100,000 to $149,999

4.9%

$150,000 to $199,999

2.5%

$200,000 or More

2.3%

Median Household Income

$37,512

Percentage of Households by Income Range

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2015-2019 5-Year American Community Survey
Tennessee Housing Development Agency (2019)
U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (2019)
Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (2020)

Tax Structure

Property Tax

Property Tax Rate (County)

$2.7274

State Property Tax

None

Assessment Ratio: Residential Property

25%

Assessment Ratio: Farm Property

25%

Assessment Ratio: Commercial/Industrial Property

40%

Assessment Ratio: Public Utility Property

55%

Assessment Ratio: Business Personal Property

30%

State Tax

State Income Tax on Wages

None

State Income Tax: Interest from Bonds and Notes and Dividends from Stock

None (Hall Income tax was fully repealed January 1, 2021)

Excise Tax (State)

6.5% of Tennessee taxable income

Franchise Tax (state)

0.25% of the greater of net worth or real and tangible property in Tennessee. The minimum tax is $100.

Unemployment Insurance Tax (state)

2.7% of the first $7,000 in wages for new employers

Sales Tax

State Sales Tax Rate

7.00%

County Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

Local Sales Tax Collections

(FY 2020)

$5,992,053

Local Sales Tax Collections

(FY 2019)

$4,899,185

Local Sales Tax Collections Growth

(FY 2019 - FY 2020)

22.3%

State Bond Ratings

Moody's

Aaa

Standard & Poor's

AAA

Fitch

AAA

Debt per Capita

State Debt per Capita

$986 (lowest in U.S.)

County Debt Per Capita

$529

Sources:
Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury (2020)
Tennessee Department of Revenue (2020)
The Tax Foundation (2020)

Labor Force

Labor Force Estimates (2019)
Tennessee
Benton

Labor Force

Tennessee: 3,287,422

Benton: 6,714

Employment

Tennessee: 3,041,838

Benton: 6,165

Unemployment

Tennessee: 245,584

Benton: 549

Unemployment Rate

Tennessee: 7.5%

Benton: 8.2%

Unemployment Rate*
Tennessee
Benton

2016

Tennessee: 3.7%

Benton: 5.4%

2017

Tennessee: 3.5%

Benton: 4.9%

2018

Tennessee: 3.4%

Benton: 4.4%

2019

Tennessee: 7.5%

Benton: 8.2%

Unemployment Rate (by percentage)

Sources:
U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Industries (2020)

Industry
Employment
Establishments
Avg. Annual Wages

Mining, Quarrying, and Oil and Gas Extraction

Employment: 43

Establishments: 4

Avg. Annual Wages: $62,939

Construction

Employment: 196

Establishments: 23

Employment: $62,173

Manufacturing

Employment: 745

Establishments: 25

Employment: $43,554

Wholesale Trade

Employment: 88

Establishments: 20

Employment: $53,623

Retail Trade

Employment: 650

Establishments: 50

Employment: $27,773

Transportation and Warehousing

Employment: 141

Establishments: 18

Employment: $47,806

Information

Employment: 38

Establishments: 4

Employment: $28,359

Finance and Insurance

Employment: 252

Establishments: 20

Employment: $53,351

Professional, Scientific, and Technical Services

Employment: 55

Establishments: 15

Employment: $36,461

Administrative, Support, Waste Management and Remediation

Employment: 176

Establishments: 12

Employment: $65,284

Health Care and Social Assistance

Employment: 405

Establishments: 41

Employment: $33,794

Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation

Employment: 14

Establishments: 3

Employment: $13,591

Accommodation and Food Services

Employment: 361

Establishments: 27

Employment: $14,174

Other Services (except Public Administration)

Employment: 63

Establishments: 15

Employment: $34,314

Government

Employment: 835

Establishments: 36

Employment: $40,991

Total

Employment: 4,079

Establishments: 320

Employment: $39,350

Unique Occupations*
Employment
Location Quotient*

Metal-Refining Furnace Operators and Tenders

Employment: 20

Location Quotient*: 41.49

Sewing Machine Operators

Employment: 48

Location Quotient*: 13.79

Chemical Equipment Operators and Tenders

Employment: 19

Location Quotient*: 7.66

Refuse and Recyclable Material Collectors

Employment: 25

Location Quotient*: 7.23

Tool and Die Makers

Employment: 10

Location Quotient*: 5.52

Key Cluster
Total Employment

Advanced Materials

0

Aerospace & Defense

0

Appliances & Electrical

0

Automotive

0

Business Services

18

Chemicals

94

Distribution & Logistics

123

Film, Music & Entertainment

0

Food & Beverage

0

Healthcare & Medical Devices

18

Top Employers

Top County Employers
Estimated Employees
City

Benton County Board of Education

Est. Employees: 328

City: Camden

Walmart Stores, Inc.

Est. Employees: 230

City: Camden

Jones Plastic & Engineering Corp

Est. Employees: 222

City: Camden

Apex Bank

Est. Employees: 200

City: Camden

Carhartt, Inc.

Est. Employees: 199

City: Camden

Benton County Government

Est. Employees: 115

City: Camden

Palmer Tool Llc

Est. Employees: 100

City: Camden

Volunteer Home Care

Est. Employees: 100

City: Camden

Camden General Hospital

Est. Employees: 80

City: Camden

Camden Elementary School

Est. Employees: 70

City: Camden

Transportation & Logistics

Transportation

Nearest Commercial Service Airport

McKellar Sipes (Jackson)

Distance to Nearest Commercial Service Airport

69

Daily Flights At Nearest Commercial Service Airport

7

Nearest General Aviation Airport

Benton County

Runway Length at Nearest General Aviation Airport

5,001'

Mean Travel Time to Work (Minutes)

24

Access of Interstate

I-40

U.S. Highways

70, 641

State Highways

1, 69, 147, 191, 192, 391

Nearest Port (From County Seat)

New Johnsonville

Railroads Serving County

CSX

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Transportation
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 5-Year American Community Survey

Education

General Stats
Benton
Tennessee

Population Aged 25-64 With High School Degree Or Higher

Benton: 86.70%

Tennessee: 89.50%

Population Aged 25-64 With Associate's Degree Or Higher

Benton: 19.50%

Tennessee: 36.70%

Population Aged 25-64 With Bachelor's Degree Or Higher

Benton: 13.20%

Tennessee: 28.70%

High School Graduation Rate

Benton: 99%

Tennessee: 89%

College Going Rate

Benton: 56.60%

Tennessee: 63.40%

Average ACT Score

Benton: 20.1

Tennessee: 20.2

High School Graduation Rate
College Going Rate
Average ACT Score
Benton County Schools
Enrollment

Elementary Schools

Enrollment: 943

Middle Schools

Enrollment: 473

High Schools

Enrollment: 689

Regional Higher Education Institutions
City
Enrollment

Bethel University

City: McKenzie

Enrollment: 4,016

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Paris

City: Paris

Enrollment: 592

Tennessee College of Applied Technology-McKenzie

City: McKenzie

Enrollment: 289

Sources:
U.S. Census Bureau, 2017 1-Year American Community Survey,
U.S. Census Bureau, 2013-2017 5-Year American Community Survey
Tennessee Department of Education (2017-2018)
National Center for Education Statistics (2016-2017)
Tennessee Higher Education Commission

† Regional higher education institutions include those within the selected and surrounding counties.

Health & Public Safety

Doctors

Number of Doctors

8

Overweight & Obesity Prevalence

Adults*

32.4%

Children** (Grade 8)

43.3%

Regional Hospitals
Number of Beds
City

Camden General Hospital

Number of Beds: 25

City: Camden

Henry County Medical Center

Number of Beds: 142

City: Paris

Baptist Memorial Hospital - Huntingdon

Number of Beds: 70

City: Huntingdon

Perry Community Hospital

Number of Beds: 53

City: Linden

Decatur County General Hospital

Number of Beds: 40

City: Parsons

Houston County Community Hospital

Number of Beds: 25

City: Erin

Three Rivers Hospital

Number of Beds: 25

City: Waverly

Sources:
Tennessee Department of Health (2014)
Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (2014)

† Regional hospitals include those within the selected and surrounding counties.

Climate

Climate

Average High Temperature

70.2°F

Average Low Temperature

47.7°F

Average Annual Temperature

59°F

Annual Rainfall

53.51"

Elevation (at County Seat)

450'

Prevailing Winds

South-Southwest

Sources:
usclimatedata.com (2015)

Community Information

Big Sandy

Population (2019)

663

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$0.85

Phone Number

(731) 593-3213

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Camden

Population (2019)

3,582

Charter Type

Private Act

Local Option Sales Tax Rate

2.75%

City Property Tax Rate

$0.94

Phone Number

(731) 584-4656

Retire Tennessee Participant

No

Tennessee Downtowns Participant

No

Main Street Participant

No

Additional Community Information

ThreeStar Certified County

Yes

Sources:
Tennessee Municipal Technical Advisory Service
Tennessee Department of Revenue (2015)
Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury (2015)
U.S. Census Bureau, 2010-2014 5-Year American Community Survey

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