Essex County, New Jersey

According to the 2000 Census, Essex County, New Jersey has a population of 793,633 people. Of those, 352,859 (44%) are White, 327,324 (41%) are Black, and 122,347 (15%) are Latino[1]. However, 5,474 (or 1% of the 793,633 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 Essex County a population of 788,159 with a demographic that is 45% White, 41% Black, and 15% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 793,633 5,474 788,159
White 352,859 850 352,009
Black 327,324 3,984 323,340
Latino 122,347 841 121,506


[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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