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.
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. Information on the proposed 2015 budget and levy can be found here. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
10/20/2014 - Effective November 1, 2014 New DMV hours will be 8:00-4:15 Monday-Friday. This includes driver's licenses, motor vehicle and DNR.
Located 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 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.