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Dallas County, Arkansas

According to the 2000 Census, Dallas County, Arkansas has a population of 9,210 people. Of those, 5,246 (56%) are White, 3,774 (33%) are Black, and 177 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 136 (or 1% of the 9,210 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 Dallas County a population of 9,074 with a demographic that is 57% White, 41% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 9,210 136 9,074
White 5,246 49 5,197
Black 3,774 87 3,687
Latino 177 1 176


[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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