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Plymouth County, Massachusetts

According to the 2000 Census, Plymouth County, Massachusetts has a population of 472,822 people. Of those, 419,370 (89%) are White, 21,573 (4%) are Black, and 11,537 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 3,765 (or 1% of the 472,822 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 Plymouth County a population of 469,057 with a demographic that is 89% White, 4% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 472,822 3,765 469,057
White 419,370 2,037 417,333
Black 21,573 1,075 20,498
Latino 11,537 702 10,835


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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