Kings County, California

According to the 2000 Census, Kings County, California has a population of 129,461 people. Of those, 69,492 (53%) are White, 10,747 (8%) are Black, and 56,461 (43%) are Latino[1]. However, 18,217 (or 14% of the 129,461 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 Kings County a population of 111,244 with a demographic that is 58% White, 5% Black, and 44% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 129,461 18,217 111,244
White 69,492 5,531 63,961
Black 10,747 5,278 5,469
Latino 56,461 7,397 49,064


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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  • May 15, 2018:
    Our Policy Analyst Lucius Couloute will be at the LEDA Summit on Race and Inclusion in Holland, Michigan, presenting his research on the challenges and disadvantages people face when they are released from prison. Tickets are available on LEDA’s website.

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