Jackson County, Arkansas

According to the 2000 Census, Jackson County, Arkansas has a population of 18,418 people. Of those, 14,840 (78%) are White, 3,235 (17%) are Black, and 234 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,369 (or 7% of the 18,418 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 Jackson County a population of 17,049 with a demographic that is 84% White, 14% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 18,418 1,369 17,049
White 14,840 556 14,284
Black 3,235 812 2,423
Latino 234 23 211


[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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  • Feb 21, 2019:
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