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Scioto County, Ohio

According to the 2000 Census, Scioto County, Ohio has a population of 79,195 people. Of those, 75,139 (95%) are White, 2,163 (3%) are Black, and 477 (604%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,675 (or 2% of the 79,195 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 Scioto County a population of 77,520 with a demographic that is 96% White, 2% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 79,195 1,675 77,520
White 75,139 719 74,420
Black 2,163 932 1,231
Latino 477 19 458


[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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