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Benton County, Mississippi

US county information
NameBenton County
StateMississippi
SeatAshland
Largest cityAshland
US Area
Total Area408.65 sq mi (1058.4 km2)
Land Area406.79 sq mi (1053.6 km2)
Water Area1.86 sq mi (4.8 km2)
Population8729 (2010)
Density8/km2 (20.7/sq mi)
Founded1870

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Benton County is a county located in the U.S. state of Mississippi. In 2010, the population was 8,729. Its county seat is Ashland . Local lore has it that residents convinced the reconstruction government that Benton County was to be named for U.S. Senator Thomas Hart Benton, but the name was actually chosen to honor Confederate General Samuel Benton from nearby Holly Springs.


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