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Wilkinson County, Mississippi

According to the 2000 Census, Wilkinson County, Mississippi has a population of 10,312 people. Of those, 3,219 (30%) are White, 7,034 (70%) are Black, and 45 (450%) are Latino[1]. However, 947 (or 9% of the 10,312 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 Wilkinson County a population of 9,365 with a demographic that is 32% White, 67% Black, and 0% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 10,312 947 9,365
White 3,219 215 3,004
Black 7,034 723 6,311
Latino 45 3 42


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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