Benton County, MS

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Population

8,306

0.859% decline

Median Age

42


Median Household Income

$40,605

11.9% growth

Poverty Rate

20.2%


Number of Employees

2,923

2.6% decline

Median Property Value

$70,300

4.09% decline

About

In 2017, Benton County, MS had a population of 8.31k people with a median age of 42 and a median household income of $40,605. Between 2016 and 2017 the population of Benton County, MS declined from 8,378 to 8,306, a -0.859% decrease and its median household income grew from $36,302 to $40,605, a 11.9% increase.

The population of Benton County, MS is 60.2% White Alone, 36.6% Black or African American Alone, and 2.46% Hispanic or Latino. N/A% of the people in Benton County, MS speak a non-English language, and 99.4% are U.S. citizens.

The median property value in Benton County, MS is $70,300, and the homeownership rate is 82.7%. Most people in Benton County, MS commute by Drove Alone, and the average commute time is 29.8 minutes. The average car ownership in Benton County, MS is 2 cars per household.

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Economy

The economy of Benton County, MS employs 2.92k people. The largest industries in Benton County, MS are Manufacturing (768 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (434 people), and Retail Trade (368 people), and the highest paying industries are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($86,250), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($68,083), and Transportation & Warehousing ($50,898).

Median household income in Benton County, MS is $40,605. Males in Benton County, MS have an average income that is 1.43 times higher than the average income of females, which is $36,636. The income inequality in Benton County, MS (measured using the Gini index) is 0.442, which is lower than than the national average.

Wages

Median Household Income

$40,605

2017 value

± $5,982

11.9%

1 Year Growth

± 16.6%

Households in Benton County, MS have a median annual income of $40,605, which is less than the median annual income of $61,937 across the entire United States. This is in comparison to a median income of $36,302 in 2016, which represents a 11.9% annual growth.

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Wage by Gender in Common Jobs

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$52,323

Average Male Salary

± $1,698

$36,636

Average Female Salary

± $1,074

In 2017, full-time male employees in Mississippi made 1.43 times more than female employees.

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Wage by Race and Ethnicity in Common Jobs

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Highest Average Salaries by Race & Ethnicity

  1. White

    $45,496 ± $1,341

  2. Asian

    $44,270 ± $11,739

  3. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes specified; or American Indian or Alaska Native, not specified and no other races

    $38,514 ± $48,157

In 2017 the highest paid race/ethnicity of Mississippi workers was White. These workers were paid 1.03 times more than Asian workers, who made the second highest salary of any race/ethnicity.

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Wage Distribution

The closest comparable wage GINI for Benton County, MS is from Mississippi.

0.442

2017 Wage GINI

0.446

2016 Wage GINI

In 2017, the income inequality in Mississippi was 0.442 according to the GINI calculation of the wage distribution. Income inequality had a 0.919% decline from 2016 to 2017, which means that wage distribution grew somewhat more even.

The 2017 the GINI for Mississippi was lower than than the national average of 0.479. In other words, wages are distributed more evenly in Mississippi in comparison to the national average.

This chart shows the number of workers in Mississippi across various wage buckets compared to the national average.

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Income by Location

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Highest Median Household Income (Total)

  1. Census Tract 9501

  2. Census Tract 9502

  3. N/A

In 2017, the tract with the highest Median Household Income (Total) in Benton County, MS was Census Tract 9501 with a value of $43,125, followed by Census Tract 9502 and N/A, with respective values of $28,603 and N/A.

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Poverty by Age and Gender

Males 18 - 24

Largest Demographic Living in Poverty

20.2% of the population for whom poverty status is determined in Benton County, MS (1.66k out of 8.23k people) live below the poverty line, a number that is higher than the national average of 13.1%. The largest demographic living in poverty are Males 18 - 24, followed by Males 35 - 44 and then Females 55 - 64.

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Poverty by Race and Ethnicity

Largest Race or Ethnicity Living in Poverty

  1. White

    774 ± 181

  2. Black

    732 ± 232

  3. Hispanic

    105 ± 119

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

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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Occupations

Employment by Occupations

2.92k

2017 Value

± 393

-2.6%

1 Year decline

± 19.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Benton County, MS declined at a rate of -2.6%, from 3k employees to 2.92k employees.

The most common job groups, by number of people living in Benton County, MS, are Production Occupations (527 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (370 people), and Transportation Occupations (246 people). This chart illustrates the share breakdown of the primary jobs held by residents of Benton County, MS.

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Most Common

The most common jobs held by residents of Benton County, MS, by number of employees, are Production Occupations (527 people), Office & Administrative Support Occupations (370 people), and Transportation Occupations (246 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, MS has an unusually high number of residents working as Health Technologists & Technicians (3.69 times higher than expected), Production Occupations (3.11 times), and Transportation Occupations (2.31 times).

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Highest Paid

The highest paid jobs held by residents of Benton County, MS, by median earnings, are Material Moving Occupations ($85,675), Computer & Mathematical Occupations ($69,063), and Computer, Engineering, & Science Occupations ($68,917).

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Industries

Employment by Industries

2.92k

2017 Value

± 393

-2.6%

1 Year decline

± 19.3%

From 2016 to 2017, employment in Benton County, MS declined at a rate of -2.6%, from 3k employees to 2.92k employees.

The most common employment sectors for those who live in Benton County, MS, are Manufacturing (768 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (434 people), and Retail Trade (368 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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Most Common

The most common industries in Benton County, MS, by number of employees, are Manufacturing (768 people), Health Care & Social Assistance (434 people), and Retail Trade (368 people).

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Most Specialized

Compared to other counties, Benton County, MS has an unusually high number of Manufacturing (2.6 times higher than expected), Transportation & Warehousing (1.61 times), and Utilities (1.17 times) industries.

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Highest Paying

The highest paying industries in Benton County, MS, by median earnings, are Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services ($86,250), Agriculture, Forestry, Fishing & Hunting, & Mining ($68,083), and Transportation & Warehousing ($50,898).

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Domestic Trade

Domestic Production & Consumption

Domestic production and consumption consists of products and services shipped from Mississippi to other states, or from other states to Mississippi.

Top Domestic Production in Dollars

  1. $46.3B

  2. $23.9B

  3. $14.2B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi product (by dollars) was Coal-n.e.c. with $46.3B, followed by Textiles/leather ($23.9B) and Mixed freight ($14.2B).

The following chart shows the share of these products in relation to all outbound Mississippi products.

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Domestic Trade Growth

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$206B

2020 Value

$277B

Projected 2045 Value

34.7% growth

In 2020, total outbound Mississippi trade was $206B. This is expected to increase 34.7% to $277B by 2045.

The following chart shows how the domestic outbound Mississippi trade is projected to change in comparison to its neighboring states.

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Interstate Trade

Interstate trade consists of products and services shipped from Mississippi to other states, or from other states to Mississippi.

Most Common Trade Partners

  1. $37.6B

  2. $18B

  3. $17.5B

In 2015, the top outbound Mississippi domestic partner for goods and services (by dollars) was Alabama with $37.6B, followed by Tennessee with $18B and Louisiana and $17.5B.

The following map shows the amount of trade that Mississippi shares with each state (excluding itself).

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Health

82.5% of the population of Benton County, MS has health coverage, with 39.5% on employee plans, 19.3% on Medicaid, 11.6% on Medicare, 11.2% on non-group plans, and 0.947% on military or VA plans.

Per capita personal health care spending in the county of Benton County, MS was $7,646 in 2014. This is a 3.86% increase from the previous year ($7,362).

Primary care physicians in Benton County, MS see 0 patients per year on average, which represents a 0% change from the previous year (0 patients). Compare this to dentists who see 4132 patients per year, and mental health providers who see 2755 patients per year.

Comparing across all counties in the state, Humphreys County has the highest prevalence of diabetes (18.1%). Additionally, Jefferson County has the highest prevalence of adult obesity (46.4%)

Patient to Clinician Ratios

0 to 1

Patient to Primary Care Physician Ratio

Primary care physicians in Benton County, MS see an average of 0 patients per year. This represents a 0% change from the previous year (0 patients).

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Behavioral Health Conditions

Data only available at the state level.

State with the Highest Prevalence

  1. 8.26% of the population affected

  2. 8.13% of the population affected

  3. 7.98% of the population affected

In 2016, West Virginia had the highest prevalence of adults with major depressive episode, with 8.26% of the population affected. The second highest is Arkansas (8.13%), followed by New Hampshire (7.98%).

The following map shows the percent of individuals with major depressive episode by state over multiple years.

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Access and Quality

Data only available at state level.

Most prevalent states

  1. 19.2% of adults

  2. 17.9% of adults

  3. 17.6% of adults

In 2016, Mississippi had the highest prevalence of adults who haven't seen a doctor in the past 12 months due to cost, at 19.2%. It is followed by Texas (17.9%) and Louisiana (17.6%).

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Health Care Spending

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$7,646

Total Per Capita Spending on Personal Health Care 

$4,045

Per Enrollee Private Health Insurance Spending on Personal Health Care

$6,690

Per Enrollee Medicaid Spending on Personal Health Care

$11,021

Per Enrollee Medicare Spending on Personal Health Care

Between 2013 and 2014, all personal health care spending per capita in Mississippi (including private, Medicare, and Medicaid) grew 3.86%, from $7,362 to $7,646.

The following chart shows how this spending changed over time in comparison to Medicaid, Medicare, and private insurance spending, per enrollee.

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Health Care Coverage

17.5%

Uninsured

39.5%

Employer Coverage

19.3%

Medicaid

11.6%

Medicare

11.2%

Non-Group

0.947%

Military or VA

Between 2016 and 2017, the percent of uninsured citizens in Benton County, MS declined by 4.94% from 18.4% to 17.5%.

The following chart shows how the percent of uninsured individuals in Benton County, MS changed over time compared with the percent of individuals enrolled in various types of health insurance.

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Health Risks

Data available at the county level.

Most at risk counties

  1. 18.1% prevalence

  2. 17.8% prevalence

  3. 17.7% prevalence

Humphreys County has the highest prevalence of diabetes in Mississippi, at 18.1%.

The following map shows the prevalence of diabetes in Mississippi by county over multiple years.

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Diversity

Benton County, MS is home to a population of 8.31k people, from which 99.4% are citizens. As of 2017, 1.44% of Benton County, MS residents were born outside of the country (120 people).

The ethnic composition of the population of Benton County, MS is composed of 5k White Alone residents (60.2%), 3.04k Black or African American Alone residents (36.6%), 204 Hispanic or Latino residents (2.46%), 61 Two or More Races residents (0.734%), 0 Asian Alone residents (0%), 0 Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Alone residents (0%), 0 American Indian & Alaska Native Alone residents (0%), and 0 Some Other Race Alone residents (0%).

Age

Age by Nativity

42

Median Native-Born Age

± 2.9

23

Median Foreign-Born Age

± 7.6

In 2017, the median age of all people in Benton County, MS was 42. Native-born citizens, with a median age of 42, were generally older than than foreign-born citizens, with a median age of 23. But people in Benton County, MS are getting getting younger. In 2016, the average age of all Benton County, MS residents was 42.

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Heritage

Foreign-Born Population

1.44%

2017 Foreign-Born Population

120 people

0.847%

2016 Foreign-Born Population

71 people

As of 2017, 1.44% of Benton County, MS residents (120 people) were born outside of the United States, which is lower than the national average of 13.7%. In 2016, the percentage of foreign-born citizens in Benton County, MS was 0.847%, meaning that the rate has been increasing.

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Global Diversity

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Most Common Origin

  1. Mexico

    22,332 ± 3,655 people

  2. Vietnam

    4,461 ± 1,639 people

  3. India

    4,072 ± 1,566 people

In 2017, the most common birthplace for the foreign-born residents of Mississippi was Mexico, the natal country of 22,332 Mississippi residents, followed by Vietnam with 4,461 and India with 4,072.

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Citizenship

99.4%

2017 Citizenship

99.3%

2016 Citizenship

As of 2017, 99.4% of Benton County, MS residents were US citizens, which is higher than the national average of 93.2%. In 2016, the percentage of US citizens in Benton County, MS was 99.3%, meaning that the rate of citizenship has been increasing.

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Race and Ethnicity

Most Common

  1. White Alone

    5k ± 5

  2. Black or African American Alone

    3.04k ± 68

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    204 ± 114

In 2017, there were 1.64 times more White Alone residents (5k people) in Benton County, MS than any other race or ethnicity. There were 3.04k Black or African American Alone and 204 Hispanic or Latino residents, the second and third most common racial or ethnic groups.

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Military

Veterans

Most Common Service Period

  1. Vietnam

    149 ± 54

  2. Gulf War (1990s)

    57 ± 44

  3. Korea

    29 ± 35

Benton County, MS has a large population of military personnel who served in Vietnam, 2.61 times greater than any other conflict.

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Housing & Living

The median property value in Benton County, MS was $70,300 in 2017, which is 0.306 times smaller than the national average of $229,700. Between 2016 and 2017 the median property value increased from $73,300 to $70,300, a 4.09% decrease. The homeownership rate in Benton County, MS is 82.7%, which is higher than the national average of 63.9%. People in Benton County, MS have an average commute time of 29.8 minutes, and they commute by Drove Alone. Car ownership in Benton County, MS is approximately the same as the national average, with an average of 2 cars per household.

Housing

Property Value

$70,300

2017 Median

± $6,183

$73,300

2016 Median

± $7,832

In 2017, the median property value in Benton County, MS declined from to $70,300 from the previous year's value of $73,300.

The following charts display, first, the property values in Benton County, MS compared to it's parent and neighbor geographies and, second, owner-occupied housing units distributed between a series of property value buckets compared to the national averages for each bucket. In Benton County, MS the largest share of households have a property value in the $70k - $80k range.

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Household Income

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$40,605

Median Household Income

± $5,982

2.96k

Number of Households

± 358

In 2017, the median household income of the 2.96k households in Benton County, MS grew to $40,605 from the previous year's value of $36,302.

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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Property Taxes

< $800

Average Range

This chart shows the households in Benton County, MS 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.

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Rent vs Own

82.7%

2017 Homeownership

83.8%

2016 Homeownership

In 2017, 82.7% of the housing units in Benton County, MS were occupied by their owner. This percentage declined from the previous year's rate of 83.8%.

This percentage of owner-occupation is higher than the national average of 63.9%. This chart shows the ownership percentage in Benton County, MS compared it's parent and neighboring geographies.

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Commute Time

29.8 minutes

Average Travel Time

Using averages, employees in Benton County, MS have a longer commute time (29.8 minutes) than the normal US worker (25.1 minutes). Additionally, 0.747% of the workforce in Benton County, MS have "super commutes" in excess of 90 minutes.

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Commuter Transportation

Most Common Method of Travel

  1. Drove Alone

    88.2%

  2. Carpooled

    6.89%

  3. Other

    2.3%

In 2017, the most common method of travel for workers in Benton County, MS was Drove Alone (88.2%), followed by those who Carpooled (6.89%) and those who Other (2.3%).

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Transportation

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, followed by 4 cars.

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