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Telfair County, Georgia

According to the 2000 Census, Telfair County, Georgia has a population of 11,794 people. Of those, 7,042 (64%) are White, 4,534 (36%) are Black, and 215 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,327 (or 11% of the 11,794 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 Telfair County a population of 10,467 with a demographic that is 64% White, 34% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 11,794 1,327 10,467
White 7,042 319 6,723
Black 4,534 965 3,569
Latino 215 45 170


[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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