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Richmond County, Georgia

According to the 2000 Census, Richmond County, Georgia has a population of 199,775 people. Of those, 91,006 (46%) are White, 99,391 (50%) are Black, and 5,545 (3%) are Latino[1]. However, 2,451 (or 1% of the 199,775 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 Richmond County a population of 197,324 with a demographic that is 46% White, 50% Black, and 3% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 199,775 2,451 197,324
White 91,006 756 90,250
Black 99,391 1,639 97,752
Latino 5,545 49 5,496


[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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