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Riverside County, California

According to the 2000 Census, Riverside County, California has a population of 1,545,387 people. Of those, 1,013,478 (100%) are White, 96,421 (9%) are Black, and 559,575 (55%) are Latino[1]. However, 16,249 (or 1% of the 1,545,387 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 Riverside County a population of 1,529,138 with a demographic that is 66% White, 6% Black, and 36% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 1,545,387 16,249 1,529,138
White 1,013,478 6,918 1,006,560
Black 96,421 4,066 92,355
Latino 559,575 7,014 552,561


[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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