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Caldwell County, Texas

According to the 2000 Census, Caldwell County, Texas has a population of 32,194 people. Of those, 22,577 (69%) are White, 2,735 (6%) are Black, and 13,018 (41%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,142 (or 4% of the 32,194 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 Caldwell County a population of 31,052 with a demographic that is 71% White, 7% Black, and 41% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 32,194 1,142 31,052
White 22,577 561 22,016
Black 2,735 466 2,269
Latino 13,018 321 12,697


[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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