Benton County, Mississippi

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Benton County, Mississippi
Benton County Mississippi Courthouse.jpg
The Old Benton County courthouse in Ashland
Map of Mississippi highlighting Benton County
Location in the state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded 1870
Named for Samuel Benton
Seat Ashland
Largest town Ashland
Area
 • Total 408.65 sq mi (1,058 km2)
 • Land 406.79 sq mi (1,054 km2)
 • Water 1.86 sq mi (5 km2), 0.46%
Population
 • (2010) 8,729
 • Density 21/sq mi (8/km²)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC-6/-5

Benton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. As of the 2010 census, the population was 8,729.[1] Its county seat is Ashland.[2] Local lore has it that residents convinced the post-Civil War Reconstruction government that Benton County was to be named for U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton, but the name actually honored Confederate Brigadier General Samuel Benton from nearby Holly Springs.

Benton County is included in the Memphis, TN-MS-AR Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 408.65 square miles (1,058.4 km2), of which 406.79 square miles (1,053.6 km2) (or 99.54%) is land and 1.86 square miles (4.8 km2) (or 0.46%) is water.[3]

The headwaters of the Wolf River meander and braid their way north and west across northern Benton County from Baker's Pond, the river's source spring (highest origin of continuous flow) in the Holly Springs National Forest approximately one mile southwest of where U.S. Highway 72 passes into Tippah County, Mississippi. The Wolf River passes into Fayette County, Tennessee between Michigan City (on the Mississippi side) and La Grange, Tennessee.

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 11,023
1890 10,585 −4.0%
1900 10,510 −0.7%
1910 10,245 −2.5%
1920 9,851 −3.8%
1930 9,813 −0.4%
1940 10,429 6.3%
1950 8,793 −15.7%
1960 7,723 −12.2%
1970 7,505 −2.8%
1980 8,153 8.6%
1990 8,046 −1.3%
2000 8,026 −0.2%
2010 8,729 8.8%
Est. 2012 8,730 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]
Benton County MS sign 002.jpg

At the 2000 census[5], there were 8,026 people, 2,999 households and 2,216 families residing in the county. The population density was 20 per square mile (8/km²). There were 3,456 housing units at an average density of 8 per square mile (3/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 61.72% White, 36.76% Black or African American, 0.59% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.59% from two or more races. 1.05% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,999 households of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.20% were married couples living together, 14.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.10% were non-families. 23.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.12.

Age distribution was 26.90% under the age of 18, 10.00% from 18 to 24, 25.80% from 25 to 44, 22.00% from 45 to 64, and 15.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 94.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.80 males.

The median household income was $24,149, and the median family income was $29,907. Males had a median income of $26,291 versus $19,519 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,212. About 19.20% of families and 23.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.00% of those under age 18 and 24.80% of those age 65 or over.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Census 2010 Gazetteer Files". Retrieved July 2, 2013. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved September 2, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  6. ^ "Georgia Pinkston, A Place to Remember". eastcarrollparishlouisianagenealogy.blogspot.com. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 

Coordinates: 34°49′N 89°11′W / 34.82°N 89.19°W / 34.82; -89.19