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Spartanburg County, South Carolina

According to the 2000 Census, Spartanburg County, South Carolina has a population of 253,791 people. Of those, 190,569 (75%) are White, 52,775 (21%) are Black, and 7,081 (3%) are Latino[1]. However, 2,405 (or 1% of the 253,791 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 Spartanburg County a population of 251,386 with a demographic that is 75% White, 20% Black, and 3% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 253,791 2,405 251,386
White 190,569 889 189,680
Black 52,775 1,448 51,327
Latino 7,081 18 7,063


[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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