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Sumter County, Georgia

According to the 2000 Census, Sumter County, Georgia has a population of 33,200 people. Of those, 16,010 (48%) are White, 16,276 (48%) are Black, and 891 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 332 (or 1% of the 33,200 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 Sumter County a population of 32,868 with a demographic that is 48% White, 49% Black, and 3% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 33,200 332 32,868
White 16,010 73 15,937
Black 16,276 259 16,017
Latino 891 0 891


[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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