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Angelina County, Texas

According to the 2000 Census, Angelina County, Texas has a population of 80,130 people. Of those, 60,174 (75%) are White, 11,792 (14%) are Black, and 11,496 (14%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,144 (or 1% of the 80,130 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 Angelina County a population of 78,986 with a demographic that is 76% White, 14% Black, and 14% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 80,130 1,144 78,986
White 60,174 502 59,672
Black 11,792 456 11,336
Latino 11,496 311 11,185


[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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