Five Best Things about Living in Benton, Illinois
Start writing a post

Five Best Things about Living in Benton, Illinois

Though small and run down, there are some great things about Benton if you would just take the time to stop and appreciate them

Five Best Things about Living in Benton, Illinois
Pete Dunkel

Benton is a small town tucked between cornfield after cornfield in the heart of Southern Illinois. With a population of approximately 8,000, there are plenty of people here to gripe and complain about what an awful town they believe it to be. But, if they took all that time they used to criticize their hometown and used it to look around at the tight-knit community, maybe they would appreciate all the little things Benton has to offer.

Without further ado, here are the five best reasons about living in Benton, Illinois:

1. It is in the middle of everything.

Benton is centrally located amongst larger towns that offer more.Twenty to forty-five minutes in any direction will take you to either Mt.Vernon, Harrisburg, Marion, or DuQuoin. If you are bored with Benton, which is bound to happen at some point, there are plenty of towns within driving range to go visit. Seriously, where else do you have that many options?

2. Rend Lake

One of the biggest attractions located near Benton is Rend Lake. Located about five minutes north of town, Rend Lake has plenty of things to do. You can go fishing, water skiing, bike riding, hike trails, or even visit one of several beaches and swim. And to top it all, you can go pay a visit to the dam at the end of the day to watch a breathtaking sunset, which just happens to be one of the prettiest sights in Southern Illinois.

3. The Square

Believe it or not, the square in Benton is actually one of the best things about the town. It is something that is unique to the area, and it really shows the history and age of Benton. It has also become a great gathering place for parades, carnivals, and car shows. Aside from the crazy driving, the square is one of the great features of Benton. And besides, without the crazy driving, what else would we have to complain about on Twitter on a Saturday night?

4. The Sports Teams

Whether it is the Benton Invitational Tournament (BIT), a Friday night football game, or even a five year old’s t-ball game at the park, the passion for sports in Benton is like no other. People literally will move their family into the Benton district just so their children can play sports for the Benton Rangers. Every single sports team from Benton, ranging from junior high to high school, is extremely talented and well-coached, This is the reason that people from Benton generally love sports. If you are from Benton, it is almost guaranteed that you have been to the park for a baseball game, watched Benton thump West Frankfort on a Friday night football game or watched a game of the BIT at some point in your life. If you haven’t, you either just moved here or live under a rock.

5. The Community

The community of Benton can be a little rough around the edges at times, but at the end of the day, it is always there for each other. Whenever there is a disaster in the area or a death to one of its fellow members of the community, the people of Benton always rise to the occasion to help one another. Whether it be through donations, a fundraiser, or any other thing they create, the people in Benton do care for others, and are willing to do their part in time of need.

Though it is small, Benton is one of the great communities in the region of Southern Illinois. Some of its greatest features include several landmarks such as Rend Lake that make it unique to the area, an absolutely wonderful and well supported sports program, and a community that always cares and looks out for each other. Living in Benton is not as bad as it is said to be, and it really is a wonderful place. People just never stop to see the little things about it that make it beautiful.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

7 Christmas Ideas For Couples That You Can Still Do In The Middle Of A Global Pandemic

The holidays are such a fun time to celebrate with loved ones; here are a few activities to consider being a part of during this Christmas season.

Photo by Hannah Busing on Unsplash

Whether it is a night in at home baking sweet Christmas themed goodies for Santa, or a night out exploring lit up neighborhoods, the holiday season should always be taken advantage of for cute activities!

Keep Reading... Show less

Every Track On Ariana Grande's 'Positions' Album Ranked

Ariana Grande has achieved major success with her new album and we're ranking every track.


Ariana Grande surprised fans in October, tweeting that her new album was being released. What followed was yet another number one peak on the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album's title track and lead single, "Positions," also hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

With "Positions," Grande took a much more light-hearted approach than the confessional nature of its predecessor, "Thank U, Next." It was a welcome and refreshing change of pace. Now that the album has been out for a solid month, it's the perfect time to see how the songs rank.

Keep Reading... Show less

In the four Christmas' that I have spent with my boyfriend, I have realized one thing: boys are hard to shop for. Each year I have to rack my brain for gift ideas because when I ask my boyfriend what he wants for Christmas, he always says something along the lines of "nothing," which as a girl is hard to fathom since I literally give him a list each year before Black Friday.

After hours each year scouring the internet for the perfect Christmas gifts to get my boyfriend, I have come up with a pretty long and inclusive list. To help those girlfriends going through the same thing, I decided to put together some of the best gifts I have come across.

Keep Reading... Show less
Health and Wellness

10 Ways You Can Safely Enjoy The Holidays During The Pandemic

Even with a pandemic, there are still ways to celebrate.


It's almost December, which means that it's almost time for the biggest holiday season to arrive! However, it doesn't mean that COVID-19 has decided to disappear. According to the CDC, 147,840 new cases of COVID have been recorded in the last seven days.

States such as Kentucky have closed all of their restaurants, schools, and businesses until December. Some governors have started to advise caution when celebrating the holidays, too. You may be thinking, 'is there any way to really enjoy Christmas during the pandemic?' In fact, there are ways to still celebrate the holiday safely. Here are 10 ways that you can still enjoy the holiday season without canceling any of your plans.

Keep Reading... Show less

The 5 Things We ALL Want For Christmas In Mariah Carey's New Special

The Queen of Christmas is back and bringing festive moments to an all-new special premiering December 4!


Mariah Carey is saving 2020 by bringing an all-new Christmas special to Apple TV+ starting December 4. It will feature guest stars, festive moments, and musical performances. The all-star cast includes Tiffany Haddish, Billy Eichner, and Snoop Dogg. Carey's twins will also make a special appearance.

A festive special is certainly what we all need right now. There are lots of information about the upcoming special that has many fans excited. Here are the five things from the special we're most looking forward to.

Keep Reading... Show less

10 Things You Need From Target If You Want To Take Your Christmas Decor Game To A Whole New Level

No one wants to talk about 2020, but these decor pieces will give everyone something worth talking about.

Photo by Jonathan Borba on Unsplash

It's no secret that for a majority of people, Christmas season is the happiest time of year.

There are people that put their trees up before Halloween even begins and those that calmly wait until Thanksgiving is over. No matter which group you fall in, there's a good chance that this year has been a tough one, so why not treat yourself to a few new pieces that will spark joy in your heart every single time you catch a glimpse of them.

Keep Reading... Show less

How The 'Friends' Theme Song Is Actually Describing 2020 — And It Couldn't BE More Accurate

This isn't our day, our week, our month, and definitely not our year...


Everyone knows the iconic Friends theme song and although we may have joked in previous years how relatable it is, here's a breakdown of the lyrics and how they are so 2020, we might never be able to listen to it again after 2020.

Keep Reading... Show less

3 Recipes From Chrissy Teigen That Are Perfect For The Holidays

Our favorite, Chrissy Teigen, is here to enlighten us with her culinary expertise that will increase our appetite and make us experience full-fledged umami!


This year, you may not be feasting or celebrating with your whole extended family and friends like you normally do. It will probably not be a grand affair like it always has been, but don't lose hope! Our favorite, Chrissy Teigen, is here to enlighten us with her culinary expertise that will increase our appetite and make us experience full-fledged umami! Trust me, your taste buds will be on fire once you try these mouth-watering recipes.

Keep Reading... Show less
Facebook Comments