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Lee County, North Carolina

According to the 2000 Census, Lee County, North Carolina has a population of 49,040 people. Of those, 34,343 (69%) are White, 10,032 (20%) are Black, and 5,715 (10%) are Latino[1]. However, 340 (or 1% of the 49,040 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 Lee County a population of 48,700 with a demographic that is 70% White, 20% Black, and 12% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 49,040 340 48,700
White 34,343 115 34,228
Black 10,032 204 9,828
Latino 5,715 23 5,692


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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