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Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana

According to the 2000 Census, Tangipahoa Parish, Louisiana has a population of 100,588 people. Of those, 70,175 (70%) are White, 28,519 (28%) are Black, and 1,536 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 537 (or 1% of the 100,588 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 Tangipahoa Parish a population of 100,051 with a demographic that is 70% White, 28% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 100,588 537 100,051
White 70,175 143 70,032
Black 28,519 369 28,150
Latino 1,536 24 1,512


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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