Jefferson County, New York

According to the 2000 Census, Jefferson County, New York has a population of 111,738 people. Of those, 99,118 (89%) are White, 6,517 (5%) are Black, and 4,677 (4%) are Latino[1]. However, 2,288 (or 2% of the 111,738 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 Jefferson County a population of 109,450 with a demographic that is 90% White, 5% Black, and 4% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 111,738 2,288 109,450
White 99,118 662 98,456
Black 6,517 1,239 5,278
Latino 4,677 724 3,953


[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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  • Feb 21, 2019:
    Volunteer Attorney Stephen Raher will be presenting his paper “The Company Store and the Literally Captive Market: Consumer Law in Prisons and Jails” at the Consumer Law Conference at Berkeley Law School. The paper will be presented and discussed at 4:00pm.

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