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Yamhill County, Oregon

According to the 2000 Census, Yamhill County, Oregon has a population of 84,992 people. Of those, 75,628 (89%) are White, 721 (858%) are Black, and 9,017 (11%) are Latino[1]. However, 2,236 (or 3% of the 84,992 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 Yamhill County a population of 82,756 with a demographic that is 90% White, 0% Black, and 11% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 84,992 2,236 82,756
White 75,628 1,540 74,088
Black 721 367 354
Latino 9,017 241 8,776


[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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