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Weston County, Wyoming

According to the 2000 Census, Weston County, Wyoming has a population of 6,644 people. Of those, 6,374 (100%) are White, 8 (133%) are Black, and 137 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 194 (or 3% of the 6,644 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 Weston County a population of 6,450 with a demographic that is 96% White, 0% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 6,644 194 6,450
White 6,374 176 6,198
Black 8 4 4
Latino 137 19 118


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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