According to the 2000 Census, Ray County, Missouri has a population of 23,354 people. Of those, 22,536 (96%) are White, 341 (1%) are Black, and 253 (1%) are Latino. However, 140 (or 1% of the 23,354 people) are not residents by choice but are people in prison.
A more accurate description would not include the prisoners. This would give Ray County a population of 23,214 with a demographic that is 97% White, 1% Black, and 1% Latino.