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Cumberland County, New Jersey

According to the 2000 Census, Cumberland County, New Jersey has a population of 146,438 people. Of those, 96,478 (66%) are White, 29,585 (20%) are Black, and 27,823 (18%) are Latino[1]. However, 9,197 (or 6% of the 146,438 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 Cumberland County a population of 137,241 with a demographic that is 69% White, 17% Black, and 19% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 146,438 9,197 137,241
White 96,478 2,253 94,225
Black 29,585 5,725 23,860
Latino 27,823 1,589 26,234


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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