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Morgan County, Alabama

According to the 2000 Census, Morgan County, Alabama has a population of 111,064 people. Of those, 94,485 (85%) are White, 12,485 (11%) are Black, and 3,645 (3%) are Latino[1]. However, 721 (or 1% of the 111,064 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 Morgan County a population of 110,343 with a demographic that is 85% White, 11% Black, and 3% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 111,064 721 110,343
White 94,485 308 94,177
Black 12,485 410 12,075
Latino 3,645 0 3,645


[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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