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Taylor County, Georgia

According to the 2000 Census, Taylor County, Georgia has a population of 8,815 people. Of those, 4,883 (50%) are White, 3,752 (38%) are Black, and 163 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 208 (or 2% of the 8,815 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 Taylor County a population of 8,607 with a demographic that is 56% White, 42% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 8,815 208 8,607
White 4,883 91 4,792
Black 3,752 112 3,640
Latino 163 3 160


[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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