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Greene County, Mississippi

According to the 2000 Census, Greene County, Mississippi has a population of 13,299 people. Of those, 9,681 (69%) are White, 3,482 (23%) are Black, and 106 (815%) are Latino[1]. However, 2,057 (or 15% of the 13,299 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 Greene County a population of 11,242 with a demographic that is 82% White, 17% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 13,299 2,057 11,242
White 9,681 495 9,186
Black 3,482 1,531 1,951
Latino 106 29 77


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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