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Lorain County, Ohio

According to the 2000 Census, Lorain County, Ohio has a population of 284,664 people. Of those, 243,514 (86%) are White, 24,203 (8%) are Black, and 19,676 (7%) are Latino[1]. However, 4,099 (or 1% of the 284,664 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 Lorain County a population of 280,565 with a demographic that is 86% White, 8% Black, and 7% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 284,664 4,099 280,565
White 243,514 1,707 241,807
Black 24,203 2,304 21,899
Latino 19,676 137 19,539


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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