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West Carroll Parish, Louisiana

According to the 2000 Census, West Carroll Parish, Louisiana has a population of 12,314 people. Of those, 9,838 (75%) are White, 2,325 (17%) are Black, and 166 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 579 (or 5% of the 12,314 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 West Carroll Parish a population of 11,735 with a demographic that is 83% White, 16% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 12,314 579 11,735
White 9,838 118 9,720
Black 2,325 461 1,864
Latino 166 3 163


[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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