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Iron County, Michigan

According to the 2000 Census, Iron County, Michigan has a population of 13,138 people. Of those, 12,649 (92%) are White, 144 (1%) are Black, and 84 (646%) are Latino[1]. However, 268 (or 2% of the 13,138 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 Iron County a population of 12,870 with a demographic that is 97% White, 0% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 13,138 268 12,870
White 12,649 145 12,504
Black 144 117 27
Latino 84 3 81


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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