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Trinity County, California

According to the 2000 Census, Trinity County, California has a population of 13,022 people. Of those, 11,573 (85%) are White, 58 (446%) are Black, and 517 (3%) are Latino[1]. However, 167 (or 1% of the 13,022 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 Trinity County a population of 12,855 with a demographic that is 89% White, 0% Black, and 4% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 13,022 167 12,855
White 11,573 127 11,446
Black 58 32 26
Latino 517 35 482


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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