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Edwards County, Texas

According to the 2000 Census, Edwards County, Texas has a population of 2,162 people. Of those, 1,800 (50%) are White, 17 (850%) are Black, and 974 (48%) are Latino[1]. However, 27 (or 1% of the 2,162 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 Edwards County a population of 2,135 with a demographic that is 83% White, 1% Black, and 45% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 2,162 27 2,135
White 1,800 27 1,773
Black 17 0 17
Latino 974 18 956


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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