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Vigo County, Indiana

According to the 2000 Census, Vigo County, Indiana has a population of 105,848 people. Of those, 95,965 (90%) are White, 6,392 (6%) are Black, and 1,275 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,935 (or 2% of the 105,848 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 Vigo County a population of 103,913 with a demographic that is 91% White, 5% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 105,848 1,935 103,913
White 95,965 915 95,050
Black 6,392 916 5,476
Latino 1,275 215 1,060


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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