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St. Clair County, Alabama

According to the 2000 Census, St. Clair County, Alabama has a population of 64,742 people. Of those, 58,288 (91%) are White, 5,263 (8%) are Black, and 686 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,441 (or 2% of the 64,742 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 St. Clair County a population of 63,301 with a demographic that is 91% White, 7% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 64,742 1,441 63,301
White 58,288 506 57,782
Black 5,263 931 4,332
Latino 686 4 682


[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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