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Nye County, Nevada

According to the 2000 Census, Nye County, Nevada has a population of 32,485 people. Of those, 29,117 (91%) are White, 383 (1%) are Black, and 2,713 (6%) are Latino[1]. However, 174 (or 1% of the 32,485 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 Nye County a population of 32,311 with a demographic that is 90% White, 1% Black, and 8% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 32,485 174 32,311
White 29,117 130 28,987
Black 383 37 346
Latino 2,713 9 2,704


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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