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Allen County, Ohio

According to the 2000 Census, Allen County, Ohio has a population of 108,473 people. Of those, 92,147 (85%) are White, 13,225 (12%) are Black, and 1,545 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 3,310 (or 3% of the 108,473 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 Allen County a population of 105,163 with a demographic that is 86% White, 11% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 108,473 3,310 105,163
White 92,147 1,639 90,508
Black 13,225 1,555 11,670
Latino 1,545 102 1,443


[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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