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Noxubee County, Mississippi

According to the 2000 Census, Noxubee County, Mississippi has a population of 12,548 people. Of those, 3,700 (25%) are White, 8,696 (67%) are Black, and 141 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 110 (or 1% of the 12,548 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 Noxubee County a population of 12,438 with a demographic that is 30% White, 69% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 12,548 110 12,438
White 3,700 25 3,675
Black 8,696 84 8,612
Latino 141 0 141


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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