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Hale County, Alabama

According to the 2000 Census, Hale County, Alabama has a population of 17,185 people. Of those, 6,844 (35%) are White, 10,131 (59%) are Black, and 157 (924%) are Latino[1]. However, 107 (or 1% of the 17,185 people) are not residents by choice but are people in prison.

Even though prisoners cannot participate in the local community, the Census Bureau nevertheless counts them as residents of the county where they are incarcerated.

A more accurate description would not include the prisoners. This would give Hale County a population of 17,078 with a demographic that is 40% White, 59% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 17,185 107 17,078
White 6,844 36 6,808
Black 10,131 68 10,063
Latino 157 2 155


Notes:

[1]The numbers for Whites, Blacks and Latinos may not add up to the total number because we have not included racial groups other than Whites and Blacks and because the Census Bureau considers "Latino" to be an ethnicity, not a race. Most of the people reported as being Latino are also counted as being White or Black.

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