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Lubbock County, Texas

According to the 2000 Census, Lubbock County, Texas has a population of 242,628 people. Of those, 180,269 (74%) are White, 18,602 (7%) are Black, and 66,609 (27%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,928 (or 1% of the 242,628 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 Lubbock County a population of 240,700 with a demographic that is 74% White, 7% Black, and 27% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 242,628 1,928 240,700
White 180,269 1,241 179,028
Black 18,602 642 17,960
Latino 66,609 538 66,071


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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