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Overview
Population:1,686
Pop. Change:24%
State: Tennessee
Metro Area: Cleveland Metro Area
County: Polk County
City:Benton
Zip Code:37307
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Benton's Real Estate Market
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 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes
 • Median Condominiums


Cleveland Metro Area

Profile: Small town

Location: Extreme southeast Tennessee, 30 miles northeast of Chattanooga

Elevation: 864

Time zone: Eastern Standard Time

PROCON
Nearby recreationLow educational attainment
Diverse economyRecent employment declines
Small-town feelArts and culture

Cherokee, commerce, and Chattanooga – these might be the “three C’s” best associated with this small town in southeast Tennessee. Add “Christian” “cardboard” and “chemicals” to the mix and the picture becomes more complete. Cleveland is a fairly nondescript, small Southern town located along I-81 at the base of the Appalachian and Great Smoky mountains within long commute range of Chattanooga. The town is at the center of the so-called Cherokee Nation; that unhappy group made its last encampment in nearby Red Clay State Historic Park before the famed Oklahoma relocation. The Cherokee heritage adds some historic interest, and nearby mountains and the Cherokee National Forest offer plenty of outdoor recreation, but there isn’t much else to do. Chattanooga helps fill the gaps in amenities, cultural and recreational assets. The area has a diverse industrial base including chemicals, food processing, machinery, furniture, paper and cardboard products. Bigger names include Maytag, Georgia Pacific, Weyerhaeuser, Archer-Daniels-Midland, and the Olin Corporation., but as the statistics show all has not been bright recently in the local economy. Lee University is affiliated with the Church of God of Prophecy, which is headquartered in this town of strong Protestant traditions.

The terrain is attractive with mostly deciduous-forested mountains nearby and especially to the east and south. The climate is continental with a strong subtropical influence, particularly in summer. Summers are very warm and humid. Winters are fairly mild but unpredictable, as the area is sheltered by the Cumberland Mountains to the northwest. But cold air arriving from the north can bring snow, and remnants of that cold air, overridden with warm moist air from the south, can produce freezing rain and ice storms. First freeze is early November, last is late March.

Interesting Facts about Benton, Tennessee

As of 2014, Benton's population is 1,686 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 24.06 percent.

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The median home cost in Benton is $90,600. Home appreciation the last year has been -2.70 percent.

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Compared to the rest of the country, Benton's cost of living is 18.80% Lower than the U.S. average.

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Benton public schools spend $7,621 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 16.3 students per teacher in Benton.

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The unemployment rate in Benton is 7.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive. Benton jobs have Increased by 1.64 percent.


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Map Of Benton

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Average Commute time is 29 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

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Benton's Real Estate Market (click to see properties)

 • Newly Listed Homes
 • Most Expensive Listing
 • Million Dollar Houses
 • Homes from $750,001 to $1,000,000
 • Homes from $500,001 to $750,000
 • Homes from $250,000 to $500,000
 • Homes under $250,000
 • Median Priced Homes


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