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Bond County, Illinois

According to the 2000 Census, Bond County, Illinois has a population of 17,633 people. Of those, 16,000 (94%) are White, 1,306 (6%) are Black, and 253 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,624 (or 9% of the 17,633 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 Bond County a population of 16,009 with a demographic that is 95% White, 3% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 17,633 1,624 16,009
White 16,000 742 15,258
Black 1,306 850 456
Latino 253 71 182


[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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