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Chattooga County, Georgia

According to the 2000 Census, Chattooga County, Georgia has a population of 25,470 people. Of those, 22,084 (88%) are White, 2,856 (8%) are Black, and 537 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,490 (or 6% of the 25,470 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 Chattooga County a population of 23,980 with a demographic that is 90% White, 8% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 25,470 1,490 23,980
White 22,084 543 21,541
Black 2,856 947 1,909
Latino 537 0 537


[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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