- Total Population: 9,136 people living in 1,582 households
- 86% white, 13% black, .5% Indian
- average household size: 5.8
If we assume that the 149 black people (and 2 Indians) living in black-headed households were free and that the 1,076 black people living in white-headed households were slaves, then 12% of black Newporters were free and 88% were enslaved.
Free black households were substantially smaller than free households, averaging 3.2 people per household rather than the overall 5.8. About 38% of free black households were headed by a woman, compared to 20% of white households.
More on Newport's slaves and slaveowners to follow . . .