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Yuba County, California

According to the 2000 Census, Yuba County, California has a population of 60,219 people. Of those, 42,537 (70%) are White, 1,904 (2%) are Black, and 10,449 (17%) are Latino[1]. However, 341 (or 1% of the 60,219 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 Yuba County a population of 59,878 with a demographic that is 71% White, 3% Black, and 17% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 60,219 341 59,878
White 42,537 237 42,300
Black 1,904 25 1,879
Latino 10,449 65 10,384


[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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