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Fort Bend County, Texas

According to the 2000 Census, Fort Bend County, Texas has a population of 354,452 people. Of those, 201,896 (57%) are White, 70,356 (20%) are Black, and 74,871 (21%) are Latino[1]. However, 4,081 (or 1% of the 354,452 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 Fort Bend County a population of 350,371 with a demographic that is 57% White, 20% Black, and 21% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 354,452 4,081 350,371
White 201,896 1,547 200,349
Black 70,356 1,692 68,664
Latino 74,871 1,050 73,821


[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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