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Lamar County, Georgia

According to the 2000 Census, Lamar County, Georgia has a population of 15,912 people. Of those, 10,785 (67%) are White, 4,836 (27%) are Black, and 172 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 162 (or 1% of the 15,912 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 Lamar County a population of 15,750 with a demographic that is 68% White, 30% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 15,912 162 15,750
White 10,785 89 10,696
Black 4,836 68 4,768
Latino 172 3 169


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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