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Columbia County, New York

According to the 2000 Census, Columbia County, New York has a population of 63,094 people. Of those, 58,105 (92%) are White, 2,850 (3%) are Black, and 1,598 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 618 (or 1% of the 63,094 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 Columbia County a population of 62,476 with a demographic that is 93% White, 4% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 63,094 618 62,476
White 58,105 204 57,901
Black 2,850 332 2,518
Latino 1,598 125 1,473


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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