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County Info

Area

  • 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)

History

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.