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Decatur County, Georgia

According to the 2000 Census, Decatur County, Georgia has a population of 28,240 people. Of those, 16,126 (57%) are White, 11,270 (39%) are Black, and 905 (3%) are Latino[1]. However, 266 (or 1% of the 28,240 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 Decatur County a population of 27,974 with a demographic that is 57% White, 40% Black, and 3% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 28,240 266 27,974
White 16,126 72 16,054
Black 11,270 187 11,083
Latino 905 14 891


[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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