Benoit, Mississippi Population and Demographics

Population, Race and Ethnicity

Benoit is a town in Bolivar County, Mississippi, with a population of 477. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 20.50% of residents identify as white, 79.50% as Black or African American, 0.00% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.00% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 0.00% as Hispanic or Latino, and 0.00% as some other race or combination of races.

Nationally, some 61.1% of Americans identify as white, 12.3% as Black or African American, 0.7% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.4% as Asian, 0.2% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 17.8% as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.6% as some other race or combination of races.

Ancestry

Census respondents are also asked to report ancestry. Some of the most commonly reported ancestries in Benoit include American, English, Irish, German, and Canadian. Measured by location quotient — comparing the town share to the national share — some of the most highly concentrated ancestries in town are Canadian, American, and Lebanese.

Age

The population of Benoit is about as old as the United States as a whole. The median age is 37.6 years, 0.3 years less than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 20.30% of the population is 65 years and over, compared to 15.2% of the U.S. population.

Family and household composition

Family and household composition also varies heavily across the United States. In Benoit, 27.30% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 2.90% of households are occupied by single male householders, 36.00% by single female householders, and 33.70% by non-family occupants. Nationwide, 4.9% of households are occupied by single male householders, 12.6% by single female householders, and 34.3% by non-family occupants. An estimated 51.20% of heads of household own their homes, compared to the national homeownership rate of 63.8%.

Language spoken

English is by far the most commonly spoken language in Mississippi and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in Benoit, 100% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 98.4% of the 5 and older population across Mississippi only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.

Marital status

Residents of Benoit are less likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 26.6% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across Mississippi as a whole, 44.4% of residents 15 and older are married.

Divorce is less common in Benoit than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 7.4% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In Mississippi, 11.7% of the 15 and older population is divorced.

An estimated 58.1% of Benoit residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.

Veterans

In Benoit, 5.5% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 7.5% of the civilian population in all of Mississippi.

Educational attainment

In Benoit, adults are less likely to have a high school education than the typical American adult, and are less likely to have a four-year college education. Among Benoit residents 25 and older, 67.30% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 13.30% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across Mississippi, 83.9% of adults have graduated high school, and 21.8 have a bachelor’s degree.

Income

The typical household in Benoit earns $24,286 a year, about $36,000 less than the national median of $60,293 and $19,300 less than the median household income across the state of $43,567.

Poverty

Serious financial hardship is more common in Benoit than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 47.60%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 20.8% of the population lives below the poverty line.

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