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Mariposa County, California

According to the 2000 Census, Mariposa County, California has a population of 17,130 people. Of those, 15,234 (88%) are White, 114 (671%) are Black, and 1,329 (6%) are Latino[1]. However, 138 (or 1% of the 17,130 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 Mariposa County a population of 16,992 with a demographic that is 89% White, 1% Black, and 7% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 17,130 138 16,992
White 15,234 46 15,188
Black 114 23 91
Latino 1,329 57 1,272


[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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