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Frio County, Texas

According to the 2000 Census, Frio County, Texas has a population of 16,252 people. Of those, 11,679 (69%) are White, 792 (4%) are Black, and 11,987 (69%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,970 (or 12% of the 16,252 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 Frio County a population of 14,282 with a demographic that is 74% White, 0% Black, and 78% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 16,252 1,970 14,282
White 11,679 1,175 10,504
Black 792 743 49
Latino 11,987 894 11,093


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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