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Wayne County, Georgia

According to the 2000 Census, Wayne County, Georgia has a population of 26,565 people. Of those, 20,382 (77%) are White, 5,398 (19%) are Black, and 1,013 (4%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,955 (or 7% of the 26,565 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 Wayne County a population of 24,610 with a demographic that is 79% White, 18% Black, and 3% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 26,565 1,955 24,610
White 20,382 847 19,535
Black 5,398 1,072 4,326
Latino 1,013 303 710


[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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