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Chesapeake city, Virginia

According to the 2000 Census, Chesapeake city, Virginia has a population of 199,184 people. Of those, 133,193 (67%) are White, 56,823 (28%) are Black, and 4,076 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 2,144 (or 1% of the 199,184 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 Chesapeake city a population of 197,040 with a demographic that is 67% White, 28% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 199,184 2,144 197,040
White 133,193 446 132,747
Black 56,823 1,685 55,138
Latino 4,076 10 4,066


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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