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Clayton County, Georgia

According to the 2000 Census, Clayton County, Georgia has a population of 236,517 people. Of those, 89,741 (38%) are White, 121,927 (51%) are Black, and 17,728 (7%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,379 (or 1% of the 236,517 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 Clayton County a population of 235,138 with a demographic that is 38% White, 52% Black, and 8% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 236,517 1,379 235,138
White 89,741 529 89,212
Black 121,927 833 121,094
Latino 17,728 31 17,697


[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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