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New Castle County, Delaware

According to the 2000 Census, New Castle County, Delaware has a population of 500,265 people. Of those, 365,810 (73%) are White, 101,167 (20%) are Black, and 26,293 (5%) are Latino[1]. However, 4,312 (or 1% of the 500,265 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 Castle County a population of 495,953 with a demographic that is 73% White, 20% Black, and 5% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 500,265 4,312 495,953
White 365,810 1,515 364,295
Black 101,167 2,758 98,409
Latino 26,293 100 26,193


[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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