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Duplin County, North Carolina

According to the 2000 Census, Duplin County, North Carolina has a population of 49,063 people. Of those, 28,785 (57%) are White, 14,198 (29%) are Black, and 7,426 (14%) are Latino[1]. However, 324 (or 1% of the 49,063 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 Duplin County a population of 48,739 with a demographic that is 59% White, 29% Black, and 15% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 49,063 324 48,739
White 28,785 86 28,699
Black 14,198 229 13,969
Latino 7,426 7 7,419


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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