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Cascade County, Montana

According to the 2000 Census, Cascade County, Montana has a population of 80,357 people. Of those, 72,897 (90%) are White, 900 (1%) are Black, and 1,949 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 456 (or 1% of the 80,357 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 Cascade County a population of 79,901 with a demographic that is 91% White, 1% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 80,357 456 79,901
White 72,897 297 72,600
Black 900 11 889
Latino 1,949 18 1,931


[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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