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Fayette County, West Virginia

According to the 2000 Census, Fayette County, West Virginia has a population of 47,579 people. Of those, 44,125 (94%) are White, 2,650 (4%) are Black, and 325 (691%) are Latino[1]. However, 997 (or 2% of the 47,579 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 Fayette County a population of 46,582 with a demographic that is 93% White, 5% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 47,579 997 46,582
White 44,125 830 43,295
Black 2,650 165 2,485
Latino 325 7 318


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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