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Reno County, Kansas

According to the 2000 Census, Reno County, Kansas has a population of 64,790 people. Of those, 59,320 (92%) are White, 1,865 (2%) are Black, and 3,661 (5%) are Latino[1]. However, 2,104 (or 3% of the 64,790 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 Reno County a population of 62,686 with a demographic that is 93% White, 2% Black, and 6% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 64,790 2,104 62,686
White 59,320 1,323 57,997
Black 1,865 576 1,289
Latino 3,661 196 3,465


[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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