Imperial County, California

According to the 2000 Census, Imperial County, California has a population of 142,361 people. Of those, 70,290 (49%) are White, 5,624 (4%) are Black, and 102,817 (72%) are Latino[1]. However, 9,859 (or 7% of the 142,361 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 Imperial County a population of 132,502 with a demographic that is 52% White, 2% Black, and 74% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 142,361 9,859 132,502
White 70,290 1,931 68,359
Black 5,624 2,939 2,685
Latino 102,817 4,864 97,953


[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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