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Benton County's Location in Minnesota

Established in 1849, Benton is one of the original nine Minnesota counties.

Area: 408 Square Miles
Congressional District: 6
US Census Population (2010): 38,451
County Seat: Foley
Largest City: Sauk Rapids

Benton County is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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2015 Benton County budget and levy

01/20/2015 - Check out the budget page for highlights of the adopted 2015 Benton County budget and levy. A detailed line item budget is also available.

Truth in Taxation public meeting

11/23/2014 - The Benton County Board of Commissioners will hold a Truth in Taxation public meeting on December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. in the County Board room in Foley. For more information on the proposed 2015 budget and levy please see this page. The public meeting will include time for individuals to ask questions about the budget and provide input to the County Board. For those not able to attend, questions and comments can be directed to the County Administrator by calling 320.968.5004 or email



Benton County, MNLocated in Central Minnesota, Benton County is part of the St. Cloud Metropolitan Statistical Area. Benton County is one hour north of the Twin Cities and one hour south of premier lake and resort areas.

The center of the County is the City of Foley, the County Seat. Most of the County''s larger communities (St. Cloud, Sauk Rapids, Sartell, and Rice) are located on its western edge.

The largest city is Sauk Rapids, which has over 12,000 residents. The part of St. Cloud that is located in Benton County includes about 6,400 residents. Sartell's Benton County section includes over 2,000 people. Rice, with a population of over 1200, is located on the northwestern edge of the County.