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Williamson County, Illinois

According to the 2000 Census, Williamson County, Illinois has a population of 61,296 people. Of those, 58,441 (95%) are White, 1,527 (2%) are Black, and 763 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 712 (or 1% of the 61,296 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 Williamson County a population of 60,584 with a demographic that is 96% White, 2% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 61,296 712 60,584
White 58,441 398 58,043
Black 1,527 279 1,248
Latino 763 83 680


[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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