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Halifax County, North Carolina

According to the 2000 Census, Halifax County, North Carolina has a population of 57,370 people. Of those, 24,424 (42%) are White, 30,151 (53%) are Black, and 579 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,100 (or 2% of the 57,370 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 Halifax County a population of 56,270 with a demographic that is 43% White, 52% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 57,370 1,100 56,270
White 24,424 221 24,203
Black 30,151 844 29,307
Latino 579 17 562


[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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