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Floyd County, Kentucky

According to the 2000 Census, Floyd County, Kentucky has a population of 42,441 people. Of those, 41,478 (98%) are White, 546 (1%) are Black, and 260 (619%) are Latino[1]. However, 665 (or 2% of the 42,441 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 Floyd County a population of 41,776 with a demographic that is 98% White, 1% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 42,441 665 41,776
White 41,478 333 41,145
Black 546 314 232
Latino 260 19 241


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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