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Cayuga County, New York

According to the 2000 Census, Cayuga County, New York has a population of 81,963 people. Of those, 76,501 (94%) are White, 3,272 (4%) are Black, and 1,611 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 3,277 (or 4% of the 81,963 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 Cayuga County a population of 78,686 with a demographic that is 96% White, 2% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 81,963 3,277 78,686
White 76,501 908 75,593
Black 3,272 1,855 1,417
Latino 1,611 812 799


[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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