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Northampton County, North Carolina

According to the 2000 Census, Northampton County, North Carolina has a population of 22,086 people. Of those, 8,633 (36%) are White, 13,125 (59%) are Black, and 161 (732%) are Latino[1]. However, 547 (or 2% of the 22,086 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 Northampton County a population of 21,539 with a demographic that is 40% White, 59% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 22,086 547 21,539
White 8,633 116 8,517
Black 13,125 419 12,706
Latino 161 4 157


[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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