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Quitman County, Mississippi

According to the 2000 Census, Quitman County, Mississippi has a population of 10,117 people. Of those, 3,083 (30%) are White, 6,942 (60%) are Black, and 55 (550%) are Latino[1]. However, 70 (or 1% of the 10,117 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 Quitman County a population of 10,047 with a demographic that is 31% White, 68% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 10,117 70 10,047
White 3,083 9 3,074
Black 6,942 61 6,881
Latino 55 0 55


[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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