Hughes County, Oklahoma

According to the 2000 Census, Hughes County, Oklahoma has a population of 14,154 people. Of those, 10,300 (71%) are White, 634 (4%) are Black, and 353 (2%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,000 (or 7% of the 14,154 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 Hughes County a population of 13,154 with a demographic that is 75% White, 2% Black, and 2% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 14,154 1,000 13,154
White 10,300 488 9,812
Black 634 348 286
Latino 353 56 297


[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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  • May 15, 2018:
    Our Policy Analyst Lucius Couloute will be at the LEDA Summit on Race and Inclusion in Holland, Michigan, presenting his research on the challenges and disadvantages people face when they are released from prison. Tickets are available on LEDA’s website.

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