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Ashland, Mississippi
Motto: "Small Town Living, Big City Pride"
Location of Ashland, Mississippi
Location of Ashland, Mississippi
Country United States
State Mississippi
County Benton
 • Total 1.8 sq mi (4.7 km2)
 • Land 1.8 sq mi (4.7 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 643 ft (196 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 569
 • Density 312/sq mi (120.4/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 38603
Area code(s) 662
FIPS code 28-02140
GNIS feature ID 0692421

Ashland is a town in Benton County, Mississippi, United States. The population was 569 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Benton County. Ashland was incorporated on March 8, 1871, and has a Mayor-Aldermen form of government. Mitch Carroll is the 28th mayor of Ashland, and Mike Carroll, Don Daniel, Sandra Gresham, Greg Thompson and Shannon Wilburn make up the present Board of Aldermen. Bill Stone was elected to the Mississippi State Senate in November 2007, and a special election was held in the town of Ashland to fill the mayoral vacancy. Mitch Carroll defeated brother Mike Carroll by 17 votes to secure the position.

Ashland is the birthplace of Bill Renick, a 2007 candidate for governor of Mississippi. Willie Mitchell, Memphis musician, owner of Hi Records, and producer of Al Green, are also from Ashland.


Ashland is 18 miles (29 km) east of Holly Springs. The Tennessee border is 14 miles (23 km) to the north.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Ashland has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 577 people, 207 households, and 142 families residing in the town. The population density was 316.0 people per square mile (121.7/km²). There were 227 housing units at an average density of 124.3 per square mile (47.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.1% White, 0.8% African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% from other races, and 3.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 207 households out of which 25.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 11.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 28.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.68.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 174
1890 138 −20.7%
1900 162 17.4%
1910 146 −9.9%
1920 190 30.1%
1930 228 20.0%
1940 354 55.3%
1950 328 −7.3%
1960 309 −5.8%
1970 348 12.6%
1980 532 52.9%
1990 490 −7.9%
2000 577 17.8%
2010 569 −1.4%
Est. 2015 538 −5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

In the town, the population was spread out with 15.9% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 22.5% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 31.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 83.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,088, and the median income for a family was $29,911. Males had a median income of $24,375 versus $20,455 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,073. About 14.6% of families and 19.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.2% of those under age 18 and 22.1% of those age 65 or over.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Ashland has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

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