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Cherokee County, Texas

According to the 2000 Census, Cherokee County, Texas has a population of 46,659 people. Of those, 34,685 (74%) are White, 7,446 (15%) are Black, and 6,178 (13%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,461 (or 3% of the 46,659 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 Cherokee County a population of 45,198 with a demographic that is 76% White, 15% Black, and 13% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 46,659 1,461 45,198
White 34,685 441 34,244
Black 7,446 829 6,617
Latino 6,178 200 5,978


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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