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Catahoula Parish, Louisiana

According to the 2000 Census, Catahoula Parish, Louisiana has a population of 10,920 people. Of those, 7,838 (70%) are White, 2,962 (20%) are Black, and 101 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 392 (or 4% of the 10,920 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 Catahoula Parish a population of 10,528 with a demographic that is 74% White, 25% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 10,920 392 10,528
White 7,838 92 7,746
Black 2,962 299 2,663
Latino 101 0 101


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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