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Grayson County, Virginia

According to the 2000 Census, Grayson County, Virginia has a population of 17,917 people. Of those, 16,429 (94%) are White, 1,217 (6%) are Black, and 277 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,036 (or 6% of the 17,917 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 Grayson County a population of 16,881 with a demographic that is 96% White, 2% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 17,917 1,036 16,881
White 16,429 195 16,234
Black 1,217 833 384
Latino 277 3 274


[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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