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Hyde County, North Carolina

According to the 2000 Census, Hyde County, North Carolina has a population of 5,826 people. Of those, 3,650 (60%) are White, 2,043 (40%) are Black, and 131 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 576 (or 10% of the 5,826 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 Hyde County a population of 5,250 with a demographic that is 67% White, 31% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 5,826 576 5,250
White 3,650 136 3,514
Black 2,043 421 1,622
Latino 131 5 126


[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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