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Tillman County, Oklahoma

According to the 2000 Census, Tillman County, Oklahoma has a population of 9,287 people. Of those, 6,892 (67%) are White, 838 (9%) are Black, and 1,641 (11%) are Latino[1]. However, 128 (or 1% of the 9,287 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 Tillman County a population of 9,159 with a demographic that is 74% White, 9% Black, and 18% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 9,287 128 9,159
White 6,892 72 6,820
Black 838 41 797
Latino 1,641 5 1,636


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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