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Powell County, Montana

According to the 2000 Census, Powell County, Montana has a population of 7,180 people. Of those, 6,643 (86%) are White, 36 (514%) are Black, and 140 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,338 (or 19% of the 7,180 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 Powell County a population of 5,842 with a demographic that is 96% White, 0% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 7,180 1,338 5,842
White 6,643 1,030 5,613
Black 36 29 7
Latino 140 53 87


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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