Benton County, Mississippi Article

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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 U.S. state of Mississippi
Map of the United States highlighting Mississippi
Mississippi's location in the U.S.
Founded1870
Named for Samuel Benton
Seat Ashland
Largest town Hickory Flat
Area
 • Total409 sq mi (1,059 km2)
 • Land407 sq mi (1,054 km2)
 • Water2.0 sq mi (5 km2), 0.5%
Population
 • ( 2010)8,729
 • Density21/sq mi (8/km2)
Congressional district 1st
Time zone Central: UTC−6/ −5
Website bentoncountyms.gov

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]

It is locally believed that residents convinced the post- Civil War Reconstruction government that Benton County was named after U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton, but the name actually honored Confederate Brigadier General Samuel Benton of nearby Holly Springs in Marshall County.

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

Geography

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

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
188011,023
189010,585−4.0%
190010,510−0.7%
191010,245−2.5%
19209,851−3.8%
19309,813−0.4%
194010,4296.3%
19508,793−15.7%
19607,723−12.2%
19707,505−2.8%
19808,1538.6%
19908,046−1.3%
20008,026−0.2%
20108,7298.8%
Est. 20168,264 [4]−5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census [5]
1790-1960 [6] 1900-1990 [7]
1990-2000 [8] 2010-2013 [1]

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.

Communities

Benton County MS sign 002.jpg

Towns

Unincorporated places

Education

Benton County School District operates public schools.

Notable people

Politics

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results [11]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 56.0% 2,251 42.7% 1,719 1.3% 52
2012 49.6% 2,041 49.8% 2,051 0.6% 24
2008 50.2% 2,329 48.0% 2,227 1.8% 82
2004 46.4% 1,969 52.9% 2,245 0.8% 33
2000 44.8% 1,561 54.2% 1,886 1.0% 34
1996 31.4% 993 61.4% 1,944 7.2% 229
1992 31.7% 1,253 60.7% 2,402 7.6% 300
1988 47.3% 1,565 51.9% 1,718 0.8% 26
1984 50.1% 1,737 49.5% 1,715 0.4% 14
1980 36.6% 1,254 61.1% 2,094 2.3% 79
1976 24.6% 790 74.0% 2,375 1.4% 44
1972 66.4% 1,483 31.4% 701 2.3% 51
1968 6.9% 185 31.9% 850 61.2% 1,630
1964 79.8% 934 20.2% 236
1960 16.0% 175 52.1% 568 31.9% 348
1956 11.4% 108 83.3% 786 5.3% 50
1952 18.3% 216 81.7% 963
1948 1.4% 11 14.6% 118 84.1% 681
1944 4.7% 42 95.3% 852
1940 2.5% 24 97.5% 935
1936 0.6% 10 99.4% 1,717
1932 1.0% 8 98.9% 814 0.1% 1
1928 5.6% 47 94.4% 793
1924 6.0% 35 93.4% 541 0.5% 3
1920 23.2% 124 75.7% 405 1.1% 6
1916 5.0% 38 95.0% 718
1912 3.3% 18 90.4% 489 6.3% 34

In presidential elections, Benton County is a swing county: since 2000, it has voted Democratic three times and Republican twice.

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 2, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2011-05-31. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on September 28, 2013. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. 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". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  10. ^ "Georgia Pinkston, A Place to Remember". eastcarrollparishlouisianagenealogy.blogspot.com. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-03-05.


BENTON COUNTY MISSISSIPPI Latitude and Longitude:

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