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DeWitt County, Texas

According to the 2000 Census, DeWitt County, Texas has a population of 20,013 people. Of those, 15,293 (75%) are White, 2,209 (10%) are Black, and 5,452 (25%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,351 (or 7% of the 20,013 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 DeWitt County a population of 18,662 with a demographic that is 80% White, 9% Black, and 27% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 20,013 1,351 18,662
White 15,293 433 14,860
Black 2,209 552 1,657
Latino 5,452 426 5,026


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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