Sussex County, Delaware

According to the 2000 Census, Sussex County, Delaware has a population of 156,638 people. Of those, 125,857 (80%) are White, 23,319 (15%) are Black, and 6,915 (4%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,528 (or 1% of the 156,638 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 Sussex County a population of 155,110 with a demographic that is 81% White, 14% Black, and 4% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 156,638 1,528 155,110
White 125,857 577 125,280
Black 23,319 941 22,378
Latino 6,915 20 6,895


[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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