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Denver County, Colorado

According to the 2000 Census, Denver County, Colorado has a population of 554,636 people. Of those, 362,180 (65%) are White, 61,649 (11%) are Black, and 175,704 (32%) are Latino[1]. However, 2,960 (or 1% of the 554,636 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 Denver County a population of 551,676 with a demographic that is 65% White, 11% Black, and 32% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 554,636 2,960 551,676
White 362,180 1,328 360,852
Black 61,649 989 60,660
Latino 175,704 973 174,731


[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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