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Will County, Illinois

According to the 2000 Census, Will County, Illinois has a population of 502,266 people. Of those, 411,027 (82%) are White, 52,509 (10%) are Black, and 43,768 (9%) are Latino[1]. However, 4,525 (or 1% of the 502,266 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 Will County a population of 497,741 with a demographic that is 82% White, 10% Black, and 9% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 502,266 4,525 497,741
White 411,027 1,138 409,889
Black 52,509 3,157 49,352
Latino 43,768 493 43,275


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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