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St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana

According to the 2000 Census, St. John the Baptist Parish, Louisiana has a population of 43,044 people. Of those, 22,633 (51%) are White, 19,268 (44%) are Black, and 1,230 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 315 (or 1% of the 43,044 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 St. John the Baptist Parish a population of 42,729 with a demographic that is 53% White, 45% Black, and 3% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 43,044 315 42,729
White 22,633 60 22,573
Black 19,268 252 19,016
Latino 1,230 4 1,226


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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