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Gregg County, Texas

According to the 2000 Census, Gregg County, Texas has a population of 111,379 people. Of those, 81,184 (73%) are White, 22,115 (20%) are Black, and 10,183 (9%) are Latino[1]. However, 745 (or 1% of the 111,379 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 Gregg County a population of 110,634 with a demographic that is 73% White, 20% Black, and 9% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 111,379 745 110,634
White 81,184 385 80,799
Black 22,115 359 21,756
Latino 10,183 54 10,129


[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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