Dorchester County, South Carolina

According to the 2000 Census, Dorchester County, South Carolina has a population of 96,413 people. Of those, 68,498 (71%) are White, 24,176 (25%) are Black, and 1,722 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,238 (or 1% of the 96,413 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 Dorchester County a population of 95,175 with a demographic that is 72% White, 25% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 96,413 1,238 95,175
White 68,498 431 68,067
Black 24,176 796 23,380
Latino 1,722 8 1,714


[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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