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Saginaw County, Michigan

According to the 2000 Census, Saginaw County, Michigan has a population of 210,039 people. Of those, 158,220 (75%) are White, 39,112 (19%) are Black, and 14,075 (7%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,803 (or 1% of the 210,039 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 Saginaw County a population of 208,236 with a demographic that is 76% White, 18% Black, and 7% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 210,039 1,803 208,236
White 158,220 724 157,496
Black 39,112 948 38,164
Latino 14,075 78 13,997


[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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