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Noble County, Ohio

According to the 2000 Census, Noble County, Ohio has a population of 14,058 people. Of those, 13,010 (93%) are White, 940 (6%) are Black, and 60 (429%) are Latino[1]. However, 2,074 (or 15% of the 14,058 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 Noble County a population of 11,984 with a demographic that is 99% White, 0% Black, and 0% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 14,058 2,074 11,984
White 13,010 1,126 11,884
Black 940 923 17
Latino 60 10 50


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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