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Carson City, Nevada

According to the 2000 Census, Carson City, Nevada has a population of 52,457 people. Of those, 44,744 (85%) are White, 946 (1%) are Black, and 7,466 (13%) are Latino[1]. However, 2,816 (or 5% of the 52,457 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 Carson City a population of 49,641 with a demographic that is 86% White, 1% Black, and 14% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 52,457 2,816 49,641
White 44,744 1,974 42,770
Black 946 657 289
Latino 7,466 389 7,077


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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