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Anderson County, Texas

According to the 2000 Census, Anderson County, Texas has a population of 55,109 people. Of those, 36,617 (65%) are White, 12,941 (22%) are Black, and 6,705 (11%) are Latino[1]. However, 14,038 (or 25% of the 55,109 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 Anderson County a population of 41,071 with a demographic that is 78% White, 16% Black, and 9% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 55,109 14,038 41,071
White 36,617 4,696 31,921
Black 12,941 6,436 6,505
Latino 6,705 3,149 3,556


[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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