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Montgomery County, Alabama

According to the 2000 Census, Montgomery County, Alabama has a population of 223,510 people. Of those, 109,180 (49%) are White, 108,583 (48%) are Black, and 2,665 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 2,605 (or 1% of the 223,510 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 Montgomery County a population of 220,905 with a demographic that is 49% White, 48% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 223,510 2,605 220,905
White 109,180 843 108,337
Black 108,583 1,694 106,889
Latino 2,665 168 2,497


[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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