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Webster Parish, Louisiana

According to the 2000 Census, Webster Parish, Louisiana has a population of 41,831 people. Of those, 27,405 (66%) are White, 13,735 (32%) are Black, and 378 (922%) are Latino[1]. However, 278 (or 1% of the 41,831 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 Webster Parish a population of 41,553 with a demographic that is 66% White, 33% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 41,831 278 41,553
White 27,405 69 27,336
Black 13,735 202 13,533
Latino 378 6 372


[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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