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Erie County, New York

According to the 2000 Census, Erie County, New York has a population of 950,265 people. Of those, 780,942 (82%) are White, 123,529 (13%) are Black, and 31,054 (3%) are Latino[1]. However, 6,272 (or 1% of the 950,265 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 Erie County a population of 943,993 with a demographic that is 82% White, 13% Black, and 3% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 950,265 6,272 943,993
White 780,942 2,312 778,630
Black 123,529 3,214 120,315
Latino 31,054 1,235 29,819


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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