Benton County, Washington is located in the southeastern part of the state, with a population of 175,177 as of 2019. The county has a diverse economy, with the largest industries being healthcare, retail trade, and manufacturing. The median household income is $58,945, which is slightly higher than the national average of $57,652. The unemployment rate is 4.3%, which is lower than the national average of 5.2%.
Demographically, Benton County is mostly white (77.4%), with a smaller population of Hispanic or Latino (9.6%), Asian (6.8%), and African American (3.4%) residents. The median age is 36.5 years, which is lower than the national median age of 38.2 years.
Education in Benton County is provided by the Benton County School District, which is comprised of 28 schools. The district has a student to teacher ratio of 17:1, which is lower than the national average of 16:1. The district also offers a variety of programs, including Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, and dual-enrollment courses.
Real estate in Benton County is relatively affordable, with a median home value of $297,000. This is slightly higher than the national median home value of $228,700. The median rent is $1,271, which is slightly lower than the national median rent of $1,470. The median price per square foot is $205, which is slightly higher than the national median of $186. The average days on the market is 60, which is lower than the national average of 63.