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Woodson County, Kansas

According to the 2000 Census, Woodson County, Kansas has a population of 3,788 people. Of those, 3,673 (100%) are White, 31 (1%) are Black, and 52 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 70 (or 2% of the 3,788 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 Woodson County a population of 3,718 with a demographic that is 98% White, 0% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 3,788 70 3,718
White 3,673 39 3,634
Black 31 22 9
Latino 52 9 43


[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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