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Nolan County, Texas

According to the 2000 Census, Nolan County, Texas has a population of 15,802 people. Of those, 12,397 (80%) are White, 739 (4%) are Black, and 4,431 (27%) are Latino[1]. However, 134 (or 1% of the 15,802 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 Nolan County a population of 15,668 with a demographic that is 79% White, 4% Black, and 28% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 15,802 134 15,668
White 12,397 85 12,312
Black 739 40 699
Latino 4,431 28 4,403


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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