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Ottawa County, Kansas

According to the 2000 Census, Ottawa County, Kansas has a population of 6,163 people. Of those, 6,011 (100%) are White, 33 (550%) are Black, and 80 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 58 (or 1% of the 6,163 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 Ottawa County a population of 6,105 with a demographic that is 98% White, 0% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 6,163 58 6,105
White 6,011 32 5,979
Black 33 23 10
Latino 80 7 73


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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