Pike County, Illinois

According to the 2000 Census, Pike County, Illinois has a population of 17,384 people. Of those, 16,929 (94%) are White, 260 (1%) are Black, and 87 (512%) are Latino[1]. However, 421 (or 2% of the 17,384 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 Pike County a population of 16,963 with a demographic that is 99% White, 0% Black, and 0% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 17,384 421 16,963
White 16,929 156 16,773
Black 260 251 9
Latino 87 5 82


[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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  • May 15, 2018:
    Our Policy Analyst Lucius Couloute will be at the LEDA Summit on Race and Inclusion in Holland, Michigan, presenting his research on the challenges and disadvantages people face when they are released from prison. Tickets are available on LEDA’s website.

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