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Northumberland County, Pennsylvania

According to the 2000 Census, Northumberland County, Pennsylvania has a population of 94,556 people. Of those, 91,803 (97%) are White, 1,439 (1%) are Black, and 1,041 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,787 (or 2% of the 94,556 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 Northumberland County a population of 92,769 with a demographic that is 98% White, 1% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 94,556 1,787 92,769
White 91,803 815 90,988
Black 1,439 903 536
Latino 1,041 180 861


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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