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Shawnee County, Kansas

According to the 2000 Census, Shawnee County, Kansas has a population of 169,871 people. Of those, 140,811 (83%) are White, 15,337 (9%) are Black, and 12,330 (7%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,316 (or 1% of the 169,871 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 Shawnee County a population of 168,555 with a demographic that is 83% White, 9% Black, and 7% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 169,871 1,316 168,555
White 140,811 721 140,090
Black 15,337 489 14,848
Latino 12,330 69 12,261


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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