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Buchanan County, Missouri

According to the 2000 Census, Buchanan County, Missouri has a population of 85,998 people. Of those, 79,744 (93%) are White, 3,751 (4%) are Black, and 2,086 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 2,113 (or 2% of the 85,998 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 Buchanan County a population of 83,885 with a demographic that is 93% White, 4% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 85,998 2,113 83,885
White 79,744 1,401 78,343
Black 3,751 667 3,084
Latino 2,086 60 2,026


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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