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County Info


  • Total 3,600 km2 (1,390 sq mi)
  • Land 3,600 km2 (1,389 sq mi)
  • Water 5 km2 (1.8 sq mi)

Highest elevation[1]    1,599 m (5,245 ft)

Population (April 1, 2010)[2]

  • Total 55,269
  • Estimate (2016)[3] 59,414
  • Density 15/km2 (40/sq mi)


San Benito County was formed from parts of Monterey County in 1874.

The county is named after the San Benito Valley. Father Juan Crespí, in his expedition in 1772, named a small river in honor of San Benedicto (Saint Benedict), the patron saint of the married, and it is from the contraction of this name that the county took its name.