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Payne County, Oklahoma

According to the 2000 Census, Payne County, Oklahoma has a population of 68,190 people. Of those, 57,508 (84%) are White, 2,476 (3%) are Black, and 1,463 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 980 (or 1% of the 68,190 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 Payne County a population of 67,210 with a demographic that is 85% White, 3% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 68,190 980 67,210
White 57,508 515 56,993
Black 2,476 338 2,138
Latino 1,463 56 1,407


[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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