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Santa Fe County, New Mexico

According to the 2000 Census, Santa Fe County, New Mexico has a population of 129,292 people. Of those, 95,053 (74%) are White, 826 (640%) are Black, and 63,405 (49%) are Latino[1]. However, 786 (or 1% of the 129,292 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 Santa Fe County a population of 128,506 with a demographic that is 73% White, 1% Black, and 49% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 129,292 786 128,506
White 95,053 652 94,401
Black 826 70 756
Latino 63,405 493 62,912


[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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