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Arecibo Municipio, Puerto Rico

According to the 2000 Census, Arecibo Municipio, Puerto Rico has a population of 100,131 people. Of those, 89,034 (89%) are White, 4,055 (4%) are Black, and 99,293 (99%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,118 (or 1% of the 100,131 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 Arecibo Municipio a population of 99,013 with a demographic that is 89% White, 4% Black, and 99% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 100,131 1,118 99,013
White 89,034 1,033 88,001
Black 4,055 61 3,994
Latino 99,293 1,086 98,207


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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