Benton is a town in Yates County, New York, United States. The population was 2,836 at the 2010 census. The town is named after an early resident.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 44.4 square miles (115 km), of which, 41.5 square miles (107 km) of it is land and 3.0 square miles (7.8 km) of it (6.66%) is water.
The north town line is the border of Ontario County, and part of the east town line, marked by Seneca Lake, is the border of Seneca County.
Benton is in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
New York State Route 14 is a north-south highway along the edge of Seneca Lake, while New York State Route 14A is a north-south highway in the western part of the town. New York State Route 364 crosses the southwest corner of Benton.
As of the census of 2000, there were 2,640 people, 864 households, and 642 families residing in the town. The population density was 63.6 people per square mile (24.6/km²). There were 956 housing units at an average density of 23.0 per square mile (8.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.86% White, 0.42% African American, 0.15% Asian, 0.08% from other races, and 0.49% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.42% of the population.
There were 864 households out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.5% were married couples living together, 8.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.29.
In the town, the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 22.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $37,500, and the median income for a family was $43,988. Males had a median income of $26,951 versus $23,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,843. About 7.5% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.2% of those under age 18 and 7.3% of those age 65 or over.