Bentonia is a tiny town located in the state of Mississippi. With a population of 422 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Bentonia is the 220th largest community in Mississippi.
Bentonia is neither predominantly blue-collar nor white-collar, instead having a mixed workforce of both blue-collar and white-collar jobs. Overall, Bentonia is a town of sales and office workers, service providers, and professionals. There are especially a lot of people living in Bentonia who work in office and administrative support (21.85%), food service (11.76%), and teaching (10.92%).
It is a fairly quiet town because there are relatively few of those groups of people who have a tendency to be noisy. (Children, for example, often can't help themselves from being noisy, and being parents ourselves, we know!) Bentonia has relatively few families with children living at home, and is quieter because of it. Renters and college students, for their own reasons, can also be noisy. Bentonia has few renters and college students. But the biggest reason it is quieter in Bentonia than in most places in America, is that there are just simply fewer people living here. If you think trees make good neighbors, Bentonia may be for you.
Bentonia is a very car-oriented town. 97.25% 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.
As is often the case in a small town, Bentonia doesn't have a public transportation system that people use for their commute.
In terms of college education, the citizens of Bentonia rank slightly lower than the national average. 15.61% of adults 25 and older in Bentonia have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree, while 21.84% of adults have a 4-year degree or higher in the average American community.
The per capita income in Bentonia in 2010 was $19,390, which is middle income relative to Mississippi, and lower middle income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $77,560 for a family of four.
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, German, French, and Irish.
The most common language spoken in Bentonia is English. Other important languages spoken here include German/Yiddish and Spanish.