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Beaver County, Oklahoma

According to the 2000 Census, Beaver County, Oklahoma has a population of 5,857 people. Of those, 5,430 (100%) are White, 17 (340%) are Black, and 630 (12%) are Latino[1]. However, 45 (or 1% of the 5,857 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 Beaver County a population of 5,812 with a demographic that is 93% White, 0% Black, and 11% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 5,857 45 5,812
White 5,430 28 5,402
Black 17 9 8
Latino 630 1 629


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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