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Glenn County, California

According to the 2000 Census, Glenn County, California has a population of 26,453 people. Of those, 18,988 (69%) are White, 155 (596%) are Black, and 7,840 (27%) are Latino[1]. However, 219 (or 1% of the 26,453 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 Glenn County a population of 26,234 with a demographic that is 72% White, 0% Black, and 30% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 26,453 219 26,234
White 18,988 165 18,823
Black 155 35 120
Latino 7,840 67 7,773


[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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