Bentonia is a tiny town located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 419 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Bentonia is the 220th largest community in Mississippi.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Bentonia is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Bentonia is a town of sales and office workers, professionals, and service providers. There are especially a lot of people living in Bentonia who work in office and administrative support (25.00%), management occupations (12.50%), and teaching (9.38%).
The town is relatively quiet, having a combination of lower population density and few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. For example, Bentonia has relatively fewer families with younger children, and/or college students. Combined, this makes Bentonia a pretty quiet place to live overall. If you like quiet, you will probably enjoy it here.
One downside of living in Bentonia is that it can take a long time to commute to work. In Bentonia, the average commute to work is 34.95 minutes, which is quite a bit higher than the national average.
Bentonia is a very car-oriented town. 97.85% of residents commute to work in a private automobile rather than by other means, such as public transit, bicycling, or walking. This is because Bentonia is a small town , and most people who live here have to drive out of town for work, and the town population is not large nor dense enough to support an extensive public transportation system. Bentonia has a lot of rural roads, and houses can be far apart. Many residents drive out of town for regular shopping trips as well.
Being a small town, Bentonia does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The citizens of Bentonia are slightly less educated than the national average of 21.84% for the average city or town: 13.55% of adults in Bentonia have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree
The per capita income in Bentonia in 2010 was $26,526, which is wealthy relative to Mississippi, and middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $106,104 for a family of four. However, Bentonia contains both very wealthy and poor people as well.
Bentonia is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Bentonia home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Bentonia residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Bentonia include English, Scots-Irish, Irish, German, and French.
The most common language spoken in Bentonia is English. Other important languages spoken here include German/Yiddish and Spanish.