According to the 2000 Census, Parke County, Indiana has a population of 17,241 people. Of those, 16,625 (94%) are White, 370 (2%) are Black, and 104 (612%) are Latino. However, 794 (or 5% of the 17,241 people) are not residents by choice but are people in prison.
A more accurate description would not include the prisoners. This would give Parke County a population of 16,447 with a demographic that is 98% White, 1% Black, and 1% Latino.