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Silver Bow County, Montana

According to the 2000 Census, Silver Bow County, Montana has a population of 34,606 people. Of those, 32,998 (94%) are White, 54 (159%) are Black, and 950 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 263 (or 1% of the 34,606 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 Silver Bow County a population of 34,343 with a demographic that is 95% White, 0% Black, and 3% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 34,606 263 34,343
White 32,998 206 32,792
Black 54 1 53
Latino 950 12 938


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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