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Jackson County, Florida

According to the 2000 Census, Jackson County, Florida has a population of 46,755 people. Of those, 32,811 (70%) are White, 12,418 (26%) are Black, and 1,361 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 4,854 (or 10% of the 46,755 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 41,901 with a demographic that is 73% White, 24% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 46,755 4,854 41,901
White 32,811 2,033 30,778
Black 12,418 2,467 9,951
Latino 1,361 604 757


[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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