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Dixie County, Florida

According to the 2000 Census, Dixie County, Florida has a population of 13,827 people. Of those, 12,279 (92%) are White, 1,241 (8%) are Black, and 249 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,028 (or 7% of the 13,827 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 Dixie County a population of 12,799 with a demographic that is 92% White, 6% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 13,827 1,028 12,799
White 12,279 492 11,787
Black 1,241 486 755
Latino 249 63 186


[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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