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Lake County, Florida

According to the 2000 Census, Lake County, Florida has a population of 210,528 people. Of those, 184,138 (88%) are White, 17,503 (8%) are Black, and 11,808 (5%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,522 (or 1% of the 210,528 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 Lake County a population of 209,006 with a demographic that is 88% White, 8% Black, and 6% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 210,528 1,522 209,006
White 184,138 837 183,301
Black 17,503 645 16,858
Latino 11,808 81 11,727


[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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