Benton County, MS

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2022 Population
7,637
0.65% 1-year decline
US Senator
Roger Wicker
Republican Party
US Senator
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Republican Party
2022 Median Age
41.7
2.71% 1-year increase
2022 Poverty Rate
17.6%
21.3% 1-year increase
2022 Median Household Income
$38,750
1.43% 1-year decline
2022 Median Property Value
$96,200
16.6% 1-year growth

About

In 2022, Benton County, MS had a population of 7.64k people with a median age of 41.7 and a median household income of $38,750. Between 2021 and 2022 the population of Benton County, MS declined from 7,687 to 7,637, a −0.65% decrease and its median household income declined from $39,311 to $38,750, a −1.43% decrease.

The 5 largest ethnic groups in Benton County, MS are White (Non-Hispanic) (60.1%), Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) (32.9%), Two+ (Non-Hispanic) (3.31%), Other (Hispanic) (2.02%), and White (Hispanic) (0.681%).

None of the households in Benton County, MS reported speaking a non-English language at home as their primary shared language. This does not consider the potential multi-lingual nature of households, but only the primary self-reported language spoken by all members of the household.

95.8% of the residents in Benton County, MS are U.S. citizens.

In 2022, the median property value in Benton County, MS was $96,200, and the homeownership rate was 81%.

Most people in Benton County, MS drove alone to work, and the average commute time was 35.2 minutes. The average car ownership in Benton County, MS was 2 cars per household.

Population & Diversity

Benton County, MS is home to a population of 7.64k people, from which 95.8% are citizens. As of 2022, 6.85% of Benton County, MS residents were born outside of the country (523 people).

In 2022, there were 1.83 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (4.59k people) in Benton County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.51k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 253 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

Citizenship

95.8%
2022 Citizenship
95.3%
2021 Citizenship

As of 2022, 95.8% of Benton County, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.5%. In 2021, the percentage of US citizens in Benton County, MS was 95.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

The 3 largest ethnic groups in Benton County, MS
  1. White (Non-Hispanic)
    4.59k ± 5
  2. Black or African American (Non-Hispanic)
    2.51k ± 162
  3. Two+ (Non-Hispanic)
    253 ± 146
3.13%
Hispanic Population
239 people

In 2022, there were 1.83 times more White (Non-Hispanic) residents (4.59k people) in Benton County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 2.51k Black or African American (Non-Hispanic) and 253 Two+ (Non-Hispanic) residents, the second and third most common ethnic groups.

3.13% of the people in Benton County, MS are hispanic (239 people).

The following chart shows the 7 races represented in Benton County, MS as a share of the total population.

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Foreign-Born Population

6.85%
2022 Foreign-Born Population
523 people
7.31%
2021 Foreign-Born Population
562 people

As of 2022, 6.85% of Benton County, MS residents (523 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.6%. In 2021, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Benton County, MS was 7.31%, meaning that the rate has been decreasing.

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Veterans

Most Common Service Period
  1. Vietnam
    183 ± 99
  2. Gulf War (1990s)
    121 ± 122
  3. Gulf War (2001-)
    119 ± 86

Benton County, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 1.51 times greater than any other conflict.

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Economy

The economy of Benton County, MS employs 3.25k people. The largest industries in Benton County, MS are Health Care & Social Assistance (475 people), Construction (441 people), and Manufacturing (436 people), and the highest paying industries are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($59,688), Finance & Insurance ($59,688), and Wholesale Trade ($58,117).

Occupations

3.25k
2022 Value
± 455
0.65%
1 Year growth
± 20.1%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Benton County, MS grew at a rate of 0.65%, from 3.23k employees to 3.25k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benton County, MS, are Production Occupations (612 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (331 people), and Construction & Extraction Occupations (328 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benton County, MS.

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Unemployment Insurance Claims

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Employment by Industries

3.25k
2022 Value
± 455
0.65%
1 Year growth
± 20.1%

From 2021 to 2022, employment in Benton County, MS grew at a rate of 0.65%, from 3.23k employees to 3.25k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benton County, MS, are Health Care & Social Assistance (475 people), Construction (441 people), and Manufacturing (436 people). This chart shows the share breakdown of the primary industries for residents of Benton County, MS, though some of these residents may live in Benton County, MS and work somewhere else. Census data is tagged to a residential address, not a work address.

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Median Earnings by Industry

$33,583
Median earning men ± $5,176
$31,492
Median earning women ± $2,683

The industries with the best median earnings for men in 2022 are Transportation & Warehousing, & Utilities ($60,924), Wholesale Trade ($58,810), and Public Administration ($48,558).

The industries with the best median earnings for women in 2022 are Finance & Insurance, & Real Estate & Rental & Leasing ($59,688), Arts, Entertainment, & Recreation, & Accommodations & Food Services ($44,167), and Public Administration ($40,109).

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Employment by Industry Sector

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1.38%
Year-over-year growth
Employment change between February 2022 and February 2023

As of February 2023, there are 1.17M people employed in Mississippi. This represents a 1.38% increase in employment when compared to February 2022.

Right after the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, during April 2020, a general dip can be seen across industry sectors, resulting in an overall decline in employment by 12.5%.

The following chart shows monthly employment numbers for each industry sector in Mississippi.

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Establishments by Size

The industries with the most establishments
  1. 36
    Manufacturing
  2. 17
    Educational Services, Health Care & Social Assistance
  3. 17
    Retail Trade

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Civics

In the 2020 presidential election, the popular vote in Benton County, MS went to Donald J. Trump with 59.9% of the vote. The runner-up was Joseph R Biden Jr. (39.1%), followed by Other (0.653%).

Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith are the senators currently representing the state of Mississippi. In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

Mississippi is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house, and members of the House of Representives are elected to 2-year terms.

US Senators from Mississippi

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Roger Wicker
Senator from Mississippi1
Assumed office on December 31, 2007
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Trent Lott.
Cindy Hyde-Smith
Senator from Mississippi2
Assumed office on April 9, 2018
Appointed to the seat following the resignation of Thad Cochran.

Roger Wicker and Cindy Hyde-Smith are the senators currently representing Mississippi.

In the United States, senators are elected to 6-year terms with the terms for individual senators staggered.

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US Representatives from Mississippi

Mississippi is currently represented by 4 members in the U.S. house.

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Education

Awarded Degrees over Time

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Educational Pyramid

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In 2022, 1.04% of men over 25 years of age had not completed any academic degree (no schooling), while 0.852% of women were in the same situation.

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Educational Attainment

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Race

The most common educational levels obtained by the working population in 2022 were High School or Equivalent (690k), Some college (543k), and Secondary Education (397k).

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benton County, MS was $96,200 in 2022, which is 0.341 times smaller than the national average of $281,900. Between 2021 and 2022 the median property value increased from $82,500 to $96,200, a 16.6% increase. The homeownership rate in Benton County, MS is 81%, which is approximately the same as the national average of 64.8%.

People in Benton County, MS have an average commute time of 35.2 minutes, and they drove alone to work. Car ownership in Benton County, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Property

$96,200
Median Property Value 2022
±$10,556
$2,499
Median Property Taxes
±$345

The following chart display owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property tax buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Benton County, MS the largest share of households pay taxes in the < $800 range.

The chart underneath the paragraph shows the property taxes in Benton County, MS compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies.

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Rent vs Own

81%
Homeownership
2022
60.4%
Homeowners with Mortgage
2022

In 2022, 81% of the housing units in Benton County, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage grew from the previous year's rate of 80.5%.

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Income by Location

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Census Tract 9502
Highest Median Household Income (Total)

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Household Income

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$38,750
Median Household Income
± $3,034
3.09k
Number of Households
± 369

In 2022, the median household income of the 3.09k households in Benton County, MS declined from $38,750 from the previous year's value of $39,311.

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, MS distributed between a series of income buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households have an income in the $10k - $15k range.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Benton County, MS is from Mississippi.
0.452
2022 Wage GINI in Mississippi
0.45
2021 Wage GINI in Mississippi

In 2022, the income inequality in Mississippi was 0.452 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.553% growth from 2021 to 2022, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat less even. The GINI for Mississippi was lower than than the national average of 0.478. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Mississippi in comparison to the national average.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Commute in 2022
  1. Drove Alone (90%)
  2. Carpooled (5.58%)
  3. Worked At Home (1.8%)

In 2022, 90% of workers in Benton County, MS drove alone to work, followed by those who carpooled to work (5.58%) and those who worked at home (1.8%).

The following chart shows the number of households using each mode of transportation over time, using a logarithmic scale on the y-axis to help better show variations in the smaller means of commuting.

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Commute Time

35.2 minutes
Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benton County, MS have a longer commute time (35.2 minutes) than the normal US worker (26.7 minutes). Additionally, 3.88% of the workforce in Benton County, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Car Ownership

2 cars
Average Number

The following chart displays the households in Benton County, MS distributed between a series of car ownership buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. The largest share of households in Benton County, MS have 2 cars.

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Poverty & Diversity

17.6% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benton County, MS (1.33k out of 7.54k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 12.5%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 55 - 64, followed by Females 6 - 11 and then Females < 5.

The most common racial or ethnic group living below the poverty line in Benton County, MS is White, followed by Black and Two Or More.

The Census Bureau uses a set of money income thresholds that vary by family size and composition to determine who classifies as impoverished. If a family's total income is less than the family's threshold than that family and every individual in it is considered to be living in poverty.

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Health

86.2% of the population of Benton County, MS has health coverage, with 35.4% on employee plans, 23.4% on Medicaid, 15.9% on Medicare, 10.3% on non-group plans, and 1.17% on military or VA plans.

Primary care physicians in Benton County, MS see 8259 patients per year on average, which represents a 0.145% decrease from the previous year (8271 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4176 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 1670 patients per year.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.6% were men and 51.4% were women.

Patient to Clinician Ratios

8,259 to 1
Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio in Benton County, MS

Primary care physicians in Benton County, MS see an average of 8,259 patients per year. This represents a 0.145% decrease from the previous year (8,271 patients).

The following chart shows how the number of patients seen by primary care physicians has been changing over time in Benton County, MS in comparison to its neighboring geographies.

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Health Care Diversity

In 2022, insured persons according to age ranges were distributed in 22.2% under 18 years, 16.1% between 18 and 34 years, 41.4% between 35 and 64 years, and 20.2% over 64 years.

By gender, of the total number of insured persons, 48.6% were men and 51.4% were women.

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Uninsured People

13.8%
Uninsured
35.4%
Employer Coverage
23.4%
Medicaid
15.9%
Medicare
10.3%
Non-Group
1.17%
Military or VA

Between 2021 and 2022, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benton County, MS grew by 5.47% from 13.1% to 13.8%.

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Health Outcomes

Indicator

In 2022, the number of deaths among residents under age 18 per 100,000 population was N/A in Benton County, MS.

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Health Behaviors

Indicator

In 2022, the percentage of the adult population (age 18 and older) that reports a body mass index (BMI) greater than or equal to 30 kg/m2 (age-adjusted) was 40.8% in Benton County, MS.

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