Yazoo County, Mississippi

According to the 2000 Census, Yazoo County, Mississippi has a population of 28,149 people. Of those, 12,593 (43%) are White, 15,189 (54%) are Black, and 1,233 (4%) are Latino[1]. However, 2,098 (or 7% of the 28,149 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 Yazoo County a population of 26,051 with a demographic that is 44% White, 55% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 28,149 2,098 26,051
White 12,593 1,239 11,354
Black 15,189 834 14,355
Latino 1,233 971 262


[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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  • May 15, 2018:
    Our Policy Analyst Lucius Couloute will be at the LEDA Summit on Race and Inclusion in Holland, Michigan, presenting his research on the challenges and disadvantages people face when they are released from prison. Tickets are available on LEDA’s website.

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