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Racine County, Wisconsin

According to the 2000 Census, Racine County, Wisconsin has a population of 188,831 people. Of those, 156,796 (83%) are White, 19,777 (10%) are Black, and 14,990 (7%) are Latino[1]. However, 2,393 (or 1% of the 188,831 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 Racine County a population of 186,438 with a demographic that is 84% White, 10% Black, and 8% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 188,831 2,393 186,438
White 156,796 1,093 155,703
Black 19,777 1,235 18,542
Latino 14,990 250 14,740


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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