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Craig County, Oklahoma

According to the 2000 Census, Craig County, Oklahoma has a population of 14,950 people. Of those, 10,246 (71%) are White, 462 (3%) are Black, and 179 (1%) are Latino[1]. However, 444 (or 3% of the 14,950 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 Craig County a population of 14,506 with a demographic that is 69% White, 2% Black, and 1% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 14,950 444 14,506
White 10,246 256 9,990
Black 462 109 353
Latino 179 11 168


[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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