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Wasatch County, Utah

According to the 2000 Census, Wasatch County, Utah has a population of 15,215 people. Of those, 14,549 (93%) are White, 33 (220%) are Black, and 775 (5%) are Latino[1]. However, 82 (or 1% of the 15,215 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 Wasatch County a population of 15,133 with a demographic that is 96% White, 0% Black, and 5% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 15,215 82 15,133
White 14,549 62 14,487
Black 33 2 31
Latino 775 16 759


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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