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Prince Edward County, Virginia

According to the 2000 Census, Prince Edward County, Virginia has a population of 19,720 people. Of those, 12,260 (63%) are White, 7,063 (37%) are Black, and 186 (979%) are Latino[1]. However, 339 (or 2% of the 19,720 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 Prince Edward County a population of 19,381 with a demographic that is 63% White, 35% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 19,720 339 19,381
White 12,260 98 12,162
Black 7,063 222 6,841
Latino 186 0 186


[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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