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Brevard County, Florida

According to the 2000 Census, Brevard County, Florida has a population of 476,230 people. Of those, 413,411 (87%) are White, 40,000 (8%) are Black, and 21,970 (4%) are Latino[1]. However, 2,431 (or 1% of the 476,230 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 Brevard County a population of 473,799 with a demographic that is 87% White, 8% Black, and 5% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 476,230 2,431 473,799
White 413,411 1,164 412,247
Black 40,000 1,052 38,948
Latino 21,970 248 21,722


[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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