Wayne County, North Carolina

According to the 2000 Census, Wayne County, North Carolina has a population of 113,329 people. Of those, 69,452 (61%) are White, 37,422 (33%) are Black, and 5,604 (5%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,697 (or 2% of the 113,329 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 Wayne County a population of 111,632 with a demographic that is 62% White, 33% Black, and 5% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 113,329 1,697 111,632
White 69,452 506 68,946
Black 37,422 1,125 36,297
Latino 5,604 57 5,547


[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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