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Worcester County, Maryland

According to the 2000 Census, Worcester County, Maryland has a population of 46,543 people. Of those, 37,791 (80%) are White, 7,754 (15%) are Black, and 596 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 248 (or 1% of the 46,543 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 Worcester County a population of 46,295 with a demographic that is 81% White, 17% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 46,543 248 46,295
White 37,791 134 37,657
Black 7,754 111 7,643
Latino 596 12 584


[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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