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Taylor County, Florida

According to the 2000 Census, Taylor County, Florida has a population of 19,256 people. Of those, 14,988 (74%) are White, 3,666 (16%) are Black, and 295 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,107 (or 6% of the 19,256 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 Taylor County a population of 18,149 with a demographic that is 80% White, 17% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 19,256 1,107 18,149
White 14,988 402 14,586
Black 3,666 659 3,007
Latino 295 75 220


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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