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Bolivar County, Mississippi

According to the 2000 Census, Bolivar County, Mississippi has a population of 40,633 people. Of those, 13,507 (33%) are White, 26,458 (65%) are Black, and 477 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 448 (or 1% of the 40,633 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 Bolivar County a population of 40,185 with a demographic that is 33% White, 65% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 40,633 448 40,185
White 13,507 64 13,443
Black 26,458 384 26,074
Latino 477 4 473


[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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