Bennington is a city in Ottawa County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 672.
Bennington was platted in 1878 and grew to a population of over 200 within three years. The city name comes from one of two sources. A paper written on the history of Bennington states that Bennington is an Indian name meaning "place of fine trees." The same article also states that co-city founder George R. Parker gave the town its name after Bennington, Vermont. The Solomon Valley Railroad, a branch of the Kansas Pacific Railroad, reached Bennington in 1878.
In 1879, the first school was located one half mile south of town. In 1918, a new school house was built. In 1938, an auditorium was added; in 1955 a shop was added; and in 1961 a new grade school building was annexed.
Bennington is located at 39°1′59″N 97°35′35″W (39.033174, -97.593030). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.42 square miles (1.09 km2), all of it land.
The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Bennington has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.
Bennington is part of the Salina Micropolitan Statistical Area.
As of the census of 2010, there were 672 people, 261 households, and 188 families residing in the city.