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Chase County, Kansas

According to the 2000 Census, Chase County, Kansas has a population of 3,030 people. Of those, 2,936 (67%) are White, 31 (1%) are Black, and 53 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 70 (or 2% of the 3,030 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 Chase County a population of 2,960 with a demographic that is 98% White, 0% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 3,030 70 2,960
White 2,936 45 2,891
Black 31 17 14
Latino 53 9 44


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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