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Union County, Ohio

According to the 2000 Census, Union County, Ohio has a population of 40,909 people. Of those, 38,965 (95%) are White, 1,149 (3%) are Black, and 309 (773%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,861 (or 5% of the 40,909 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 Union County a population of 39,048 with a demographic that is 97% White, 1% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 40,909 1,861 39,048
White 38,965 948 38,017
Black 1,149 886 263
Latino 309 15 294


[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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