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Benton County, Mississippi

Benton County, Mississippi
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
 • Total 409 sq mi (1,059 km2)
 • Land 407 sq mi (1,054 km2)
 • Water 2.0 sq mi (5 km2), 0.5%
 • (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 1
    • Major highways 1.1
    • Adjacent counties 1.2
    • National protected area 1.3
  • Demographics 2
  • Communities 3
    • Towns 3.1
    • Unincorporated places 3.2
  • Notable people 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6


Bottomland hardwood swamp near Ashland, Mississippi

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 409 square miles (1,060 km2), of which 407 square miles (1,050 km2) is land and 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.5%) is water.[3] It is the fifth-smallest county by area in Mississippi.

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.

Major highways

Adjacent counties

National protected area


At the 2000 census,[9] 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 57.12% White(non-Hispanic), 39.76% 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. 3.5% 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.



Unincorporated places

Notable people

See also


  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. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved November 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder".  
  10. ^ "A Place to Remember"Georgia Pinkston, . Retrieved July 25, 2013. 

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