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Hart County, Georgia

According to the 2000 Census, Hart County, Georgia has a population of 22,997 people. Of those, 18,188 (82%) are White, 4,452 (18%) are Black, and 196 (891%) are Latino[1]. However, 287 (or 1% of the 22,997 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 Hart County a population of 22,710 with a demographic that is 80% White, 19% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 22,997 287 22,710
White 18,188 81 18,107
Black 4,452 203 4,249
Latino 196 3 193


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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