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Bibb County, Alabama

According to the 2000 Census, Bibb County, Alabama has a population of 20,826 people. Of those, 15,966 (75%) are White, 4,624 (20%) are Black, and 210 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 900 (or 4% of the 20,826 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 Bibb County a population of 19,926 with a demographic that is 79% White, 20% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 20,826 900 19,926
White 15,966 279 15,687
Black 4,624 620 4,004
Latino 210 4 206


[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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