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Genesee County, New York

According to the 2000 Census, Genesee County, New York has a population of 60,370 people. Of those, 57,167 (95%) are White, 1,284 (2%) are Black, and 904 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 496 (or 1% of the 60,370 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 Genesee County a population of 59,874 with a demographic that is 95% White, 2% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 60,370 496 59,874
White 57,167 120 57,047
Black 1,284 207 1,077
Latino 904 150 754


[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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