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Fresno County, California

According to the 2000 Census, Fresno County, California has a population of 799,407 people. Of those, 434,045 (54%) are White, 42,337 (5%) are Black, and 351,636 (44%) are Latino[1]. However, 7,415 (or 1% of the 799,407 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 Fresno County a population of 791,992 with a demographic that is 54% White, 5% Black, and 44% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 799,407 7,415 791,992
White 434,045 3,255 430,790
Black 42,337 2,010 40,327
Latino 351,636 3,198 348,438


Notes:

[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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