Jefferson County, Arkansas

According to the 2000 Census, Jefferson County, Arkansas has a population of 84,278 people. Of those, 40,840 (48%) are White, 41,788 (50%) are Black, and 810 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 3,302 (or 4% of the 84,278 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 Jefferson County a population of 80,976 with a demographic that is 48% White, 50% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 84,278 3,302 80,976
White 40,840 1,739 39,101
Black 41,788 1,539 40,249
Latino 810 20 790


[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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