Benton County is located in north-central Mississippi. The County Seat is Ashland and the largest city is Ashland. The Official Web Site is located at http://bentoncountyms.gov/. The 2014 population estimate is 8,296 and the 2010 census population was 8,730. The land area is 406.62 square miles and there are 21.5 persons per square mile.
61.8% of the population is White, 36.7% is Black or African American, 2.2% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.1% is Asian, 0.4% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1% is two or more races. 73% have a high school degree or higher, and 9.9% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $81,200, there are 3,195 households, an average of 2.69 persons per household. The per capita income is $18,597, the median household income is $31,060, and 24.1% of the persons in Benton County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 528. Retail sales (in $1000) were $25,101, and sales per capita were $3,141.
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