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New London County, Connecticut

According to the 2000 Census, New London County, Connecticut has a population of 259,088 people. Of those, 225,406 (87%) are White, 13,703 (5%) are Black, and 13,236 (5%) are Latino[1]. However, 3,710 (or 1% of the 259,088 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 New London County a population of 255,378 with a demographic that is 88% White, 5% Black, and 5% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 259,088 3,710 255,378
White 225,406 1,354 224,052
Black 13,703 1,660 12,043
Latino 13,236 947 12,289


[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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