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Campbell County, Virginia

According to the 2000 Census, Campbell County, Virginia has a population of 51,078 people. Of those, 42,516 (82%) are White, 7,516 (14%) are Black, and 423 (829%) are Latino[1]. However, 271 (or 1% of the 51,078 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 Campbell County a population of 50,807 with a demographic that is 83% White, 15% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 51,078 271 50,807
White 42,516 127 42,389
Black 7,516 143 7,373
Latino 423 0 423


[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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