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Gratiot County, Michigan

According to the 2000 Census, Gratiot County, Michigan has a population of 42,285 people. Of those, 38,908 (90%) are White, 1,572 (2%) are Black, and 1,875 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 3,066 (or 7% of the 42,285 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 Gratiot County a population of 39,219 with a demographic that is 96% White, 0% Black, and 4% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 42,285 3,066 39,219
White 38,908 1,328 37,580
Black 1,572 1,468 104
Latino 1,875 167 1,708


[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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