Benoit, Mississippi

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Benoit, Mississippi
Location of Benoit, Mississippi
Location of Benoit, Mississippi
Benoit, Mississippi is located in the United States
Benoit, Mississippi
Benoit, Mississippi
Location in the United States
Coordinates: 33°39′2″N 91°0′31″W / 33.65056°N 91.00861°W / 33.65056; -91.00861Coordinates: 33°39′2″N 91°0′31″W / 33.65056°N 91.00861°W / 33.65056; -91.00861
CountryUnited States
 • Total0.99 sq mi (2.56 km2)
 • Land0.97 sq mi (2.52 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
141 ft (43 m)
 • Total477
 • Estimate 
 • Density434.29/sq mi (167.62/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)662
FIPS code28-05220
GNIS feature ID0666829

Benoit /bɪˈnɔɪt/ is a town in Bolivar County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 477 at the 2010 census,[3] down from 611 in 2000.


The 1956 movie Baby Doll was shot on location at the Burrus House in Benoit; many local residents played in minor roles.[4]


Benoit is located at 33°39′2″N 91°0′31″W / 33.65056°N 91.00861°W / 33.65056; -91.00861 (33.650500, -91.008560).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), of which 0.012 square miles (0.03 km2), or 1.23%, is water.[3]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)423[2]−11.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
Hollywood (the Burrus House) in Benoit is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

As of the census[7] of 2000, there were 611 people, 193 households, and 153 families residing in the town. The population density was 627.2 people per square mile (243.2/km2). There were 211 housing units at an average density of 216.6 per square mile (84.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 21.28% White, 76.27% African American, 0.98% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.29% of the population.

There were 193 households, out of which 38.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.6% were married couples living together, 42.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 20.7% were non-families. 19.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 3.17 and the average family size was 3.57.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 37.0% under the age of 18, 10.8% from 18 to 24, 24.2% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females, there were 85.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 68.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $18,750, and the median income for a family was $18,929. Males had a median income of $30,357 versus $20,750 for females. The per capita income for the town was $7,813. About 43.1% of families and 49.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 64.0% of those under age 18 and 18.2% of those age 65 or over.


Benoit is served by the Ray Brooks School (formerly Nugent Center School), a K-12 school of the West Bolivar Consolidated School District.

The Ray Brooks School was a part of the Benoit School District,[8] until July 1, 2014, when that district was consolidated into West Bolivar Consolidated.[9]

In 1986 students were moved to West Bolivar High School for high school classes, but they were moved back to Ray Brooks in 2000.[10]

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 26, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Benoit town, Mississippi". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved January 22, 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Turner Classic Movies: Baby Doll.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "SCHOOL DISTRICT REFERENCE MAP (2010 CENSUS): Bolivar County, MS." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on August 2, 2017. Note that the Benoit and Shaw districts have since consolidated into West Bolivar.
  9. ^ "School District Consolidation in Mississippi Archived 2017-07-02 at the Wayback Machine." Mississippi Professional Educators. December 2016. Retrieved on July 2, 2017. Page 2 (PDF p. 3/6).
  10. ^ "Wilson hopes to break out the shoes'." Franklin County Times. January 10, 2002. Retrieved on July 3, 2017.