DeSoto County, Florida

According to the 2000 Census, DeSoto County, Florida has a population of 32,209 people. Of those, 23,619 (72%) are White, 4,098 (13%) are Black, and 8,019 (25%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,601 (or 5% of the 32,209 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 DeSoto County a population of 30,608 with a demographic that is 75% White, 10% Black, and 25% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 32,209 1,601 30,608
White 23,619 554 23,065
Black 4,098 973 3,125
Latino 8,019 265 7,754


[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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