Benton is located in southern Illinois in Franklin County
(of which it is the county seat) south of Rend Lake
between Mt. Vernon
along Interstate 57
In addition to having a 19,000-acre lake in its front yard, residents and visitors also enjoy the facilities at nearby Wayne Fitzgerald State Park. If golfing is your bent, Benton Country Club offers a challenge as well as beauty.
The Franklin County Garage 1910s Museum and the Old Franklin County Jail Museum preserve a bit of Benton history including some Civil War-era memorabilia.
The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 7,194, a decrease of 22 since 1990.