University Research Center
Benton County
2011-2015 American Community Survey Benton County Mississippi
Total population 8,470 2,988,081
Male population 4,124 1,451,723
Female population 4,346 1,536,358
Median age 39.8 36.5
Dependent population (percent under 18 and over 65)  40.5% 38.5%
Citizen voting age population 6,417 2,210,424
Male voting age population 3,112 1,051,255
Female voting age population 3,305 1,159,169
Median household income  $33,141 $39,665
Labor force participation rate (population 16 and older) 53.7% 58.0%
Percentage of households with own children under 18, female householder, no husband present  7.3% 10.0%
Median earnings in the past 12 months of the population 25 and older by educational attainment
Less than high school graduate N/A $19,488
High school graduate (includes equivalency) N/A $25,954
Some college or associate's degree N/A $29,669
Bachelor's degree N/A $40,952
Graduate or professional degree N/A $51,465
Educational attainment of the population 25 years and older
Less than 9th grade  9.6% 6.1%
9th to 12th grade, no diploma  13.6% 11.5%
High school graduate (includes equivalency)  38.1% 30.3%
Some college, no degree  19.8% 22.8%
Associate's degree  8.4% 8.6%
Bachelor's degree  5.6% 12.9%
Graduate or professional degree  5.0% 7.7%
High school graduate or higher  76.8% 82.3%
Bachelor's degree or higher  10.6% 20.7%
Poverty status in the past 12 months
Percentage of all individuals whose income is below poverty level  21.0% 22.5%
Percentage of families with female householder, no husband present, whose income in the past 12 months is below poverty level  33.9% 41.1%
By age:
Under 18 21.8% 31.8%
18-64 23.3% 20.7%
65 and over 11.7% 13.7%
By sex:
Male 21.7% 20.2%
Female 20.3% 24.7%
By educational attainment:
Less than high school graduate 43.1% 34.0%
High school graduate (includes equivalency) 11.3% 19.7%
Some college or associate's degree 15.0% 14.5%
Bachelor's degree or higher 1.2% 5.3%

Census Bureau Benton County Mississippi
2016 Population Estimates  8,264 2,988,726
2010 Census
Population  8,729 2,967,297
Population per square mile  21.5 63.0

Bureau of Economic Analysis, 2016 Benton County Mississippi
Per capita income  $28,215 $35,484
Personal income (thousands of dollars) $233,170 $106,052,785
Personal current transfer receipts (thousands of dollars) $87,876 $28,348,327
Share of total personal income from transfer receipts  37.7% 26.7%
Personal current transfer receipts: county as a percent of the state 0.3% 100.0%
Manufacturing as a percentage of total employment  9.30% 9.38%

Bureau of Labor Statistics Benton County Mississippi
Labor force, 2016 (annual) 3,027 1,280,432
Employment, 2016 (annual) 2,824 1,205,779
Unemployment, 2016 (annual) 203 74,653
Unemployment rate, 2016 (annual) 6.7% 5.8%

Mississippi Department of Health Benton County Mississippi
Number of births to unwed mothers, 2015 47 20,551
Percent of births to unwed mothers, 2015  54.0% 53.5%
Number of hospitals, 2015  0 114
Licensed hospital beds, 2015  0 14,408

Mississippi State Board of Medical Licensure Benton County Mississippi
Physicians by county, 2016  2 6,219

Mississippi State Board of Dental Examiners Benton County Mississippi
Active dentists by county, 2016  1 1,385
By sex:
Male 1 1,021
Female 0 364

County Business Patterns, 2015 Benton County Mississippi
Total number of establishments 56 58,662
Paid employees for pay period including March 12 933 926,391
Annual payroll ($1,000) $26,822 $33,948,151
By employment-size class:
1 to 4 employees 30 29,572
5 to 9 employees 15 12,522
10 to 19 employees 4 8,091
20 to 49 employees 4 5,497
50 to 99 employees 1 1,721
100 to 249 employees 1 860
250 to 499 employees 1 257
500 to 999 employees 0 87
1000+ employees 0 55
By (2012) NAICS code:
Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (11) 2 694
Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (21) N/A 373
Utilities (22) N/A 590
Construction (23) 3 3,802
MFG (31-33) 7 2,117
Wholesale trade (42) N/A 2,756
Retail trade (44-45) 14 11,587
Transportation and warehousing (48-49) 3 2,065
Information (51) N/A 921
Finance and insurance (52) 4 4,627
Real estate and rental and leasing (53) N/A 2,409
Professional, scientific, and technical services (54) 2 4,741
Management of companies and enterprises (55) N/A 342
Administrative and support and waste management and remediation services (56) 3 2,223
Educational services (61) N/A 625
Health care and social assistance (62) 6 6,200
Arts, entertainment, and recreation (71) N/A 655
Accommodation and food services (72) N/A 5,450
Other services (except public administration) (81) 12 6,354
Industries not classified (99) N/A 131

University Research Center Benton County Mississippi
Retail sales pull factor by county  0.29 N/A

The University Research Center (URC) conducts applied unbiased research on a variety of state and local issues including revenue estimation, economic impact analysis, socio-economic policy analysis, tax analysis, and economic forecasting for the State of Mississippi. Clients include both public and private entities. URC routinely works closely with both the Legislative and Executive branches of state government. State Economist Dr. Darrin Webb is the current Director of the University Research Center. URC is a division of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning.

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