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Orange County, Florida

According to the 2000 Census, Orange County, Florida has a population of 896,344 people. Of those, 614,830 (69%) are White, 162,899 (18%) are Black, and 168,361 (19%) are Latino[1]. However, 6,307 (or 1% of the 896,344 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 Orange County a population of 890,037 with a demographic that is 69% White, 18% Black, and 19% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 896,344 6,307 890,037
White 614,830 2,982 611,848
Black 162,899 3,162 159,737
Latino 168,361 282 168,079


[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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