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Marion County, Kentucky

According to the 2000 Census, Marion County, Kentucky has a population of 18,212 people. Of those, 16,240 (89%) are White, 1,661 (6%) are Black, and 144 (800%) are Latino[1]. However, 877 (or 5% of the 18,212 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 Marion County a population of 17,335 with a demographic that is 91% White, 7% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 18,212 877 17,335
White 16,240 452 15,788
Black 1,661 413 1,248
Latino 144 8 136


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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