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Randolph County, West Virginia

According to the 2000 Census, Randolph County, West Virginia has a population of 28,262 people. Of those, 27,609 (96%) are White, 302 (1%) are Black, and 191 (682%) are Latino[1]. However, 888 (or 3% of the 28,262 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 Randolph County a population of 27,374 with a demographic that is 98% White, 0% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 28,262 888 27,374
White 27,609 700 26,909
Black 302 184 118
Latino 191 7 184


[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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