Shelby County, Kentucky

According to the 2000 Census, Shelby County, Kentucky has a population of 33,337 people. Of those, 28,874 (87%) are White, 2,942 (9%) are Black, and 1,505 (5%) are Latino[1]. However, 767 (or 2% of the 33,337 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 Shelby County a population of 32,570 with a demographic that is 87% White, 8% Black, and 5% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 33,337 767 32,570
White 28,874 469 28,405
Black 2,942 290 2,652
Latino 1,505 12 1,493


[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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