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Barbour County, Alabama

According to the 2000 Census, Barbour County, Alabama has a population of 29,038 people. Of those, 14,887 (48%) are White, 13,451 (45%) are Black, and 478 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 2,464 (or 8% of the 29,038 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 Barbour County a population of 26,574 with a demographic that is 53% White, 45% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 29,038 2,464 26,574
White 14,887 893 13,994
Black 13,451 1,472 11,979
Latino 478 41 437


[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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