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Elmore County, Alabama

According to the 2000 Census, Elmore County, Alabama has a population of 65,874 people. Of those, 50,737 (77%) are White, 13,597 (20%) are Black, and 805 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 4,687 (or 7% of the 65,874 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 Elmore County a population of 61,187 with a demographic that is 80% White, 17% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 65,874 4,687 61,187
White 50,737 1,495 49,242
Black 13,597 3,038 10,559
Latino 805 51 754


[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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