Powhatan County, Virginia

According to the 2000 Census, Powhatan County, Virginia has a population of 22,377 people. Of those, 18,237 (82%) are White, 3,784 (17%) are Black, and 184 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 2,150 (or 10% of the 22,377 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 Powhatan County a population of 20,227 with a demographic that is 86% White, 12% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 22,377 2,150 20,227
White 18,237 804 17,433
Black 3,784 1,335 2,449
Latino 184 12 172


[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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