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Fairfield County, Ohio

According to the 2000 Census, Fairfield County, Ohio has a population of 122,759 people. Of those, 116,803 (95%) are White, 3,274 (2%) are Black, and 993 (814%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,757 (or 1% of the 122,759 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 Fairfield County a population of 121,002 with a demographic that is 96% White, 2% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 122,759 1,757 121,002
White 116,803 842 115,961
Black 3,274 893 2,381
Latino 993 22 971


[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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