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Danville city, Virginia

According to the 2000 Census, Danville city, Virginia has a population of 48,411 people. Of those, 26,075 (54%) are White, 21,352 (44%) are Black, and 612 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 356 (or 1% of the 48,411 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 Danville city a population of 48,055 with a demographic that is 54% White, 44% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 48,411 356 48,055
White 26,075 69 26,006
Black 21,352 287 21,065
Latino 612 0 612


[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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