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Bee County, Texas

According to the 2000 Census, Bee County, Texas has a population of 32,359 people. Of those, 21,957 (66%) are White, 3,203 (9%) are Black, and 17,450 (53%) are Latino[1]. However, 7,181 (or 22% of the 32,359 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 Bee County a population of 25,178 with a demographic that is 77% White, 2% Black, and 58% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 32,359 7,181 25,178
White 21,957 2,578 19,379
Black 3,203 2,641 562
Latino 17,450 2,844 14,606


[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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