Pinal County, Arizona

According to the 2000 Census, Pinal County, Arizona has a population of 179,727 people. Of those, 126,559 (70%) are White, 4,958 (2%) are Black, and 53,671 (30%) are Latino[1]. However, 13,552 (or 8% of the 179,727 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 Pinal County a population of 166,175 with a demographic that is 72% White, 2% Black, and 29% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 179,727 13,552 166,175
White 126,559 6,285 120,274
Black 4,958 1,426 3,532
Latino 53,671 5,870 47,801


[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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