Caroline County, Virginia

According to the 2000 Census, Caroline County, Virginia has a population of 22,121 people. Of those, 13,842 (59%) are White, 7,604 (32%) are Black, and 295 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 431 (or 2% of the 22,121 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 Caroline County a population of 21,690 with a demographic that is 63% White, 33% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 22,121 431 21,690
White 13,842 81 13,761
Black 7,604 348 7,256
Latino 295 13 282


[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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  • May 15, 2018:
    Our Policy Analyst Lucius Couloute will be at the LEDA Summit on Race and Inclusion in Holland, Michigan, presenting his research on the challenges and disadvantages people face when they are released from prison. Tickets are available on LEDA’s website.

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