Swisher County, Texas

According to the 2000 Census, Swisher County, Texas has a population of 8,378 people. Of those, 6,011 (75%) are White, 490 (6%) are Black, and 2,951 (25%) are Latino[1]. However, 590 (or 7% of the 8,378 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 Swisher County a population of 7,788 with a demographic that is 74% White, 4% Black, and 36% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 8,378 590 7,788
White 6,011 258 5,753
Black 490 177 313
Latino 2,951 157 2,794


Notes:

[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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    Our Policy Analyst Lucius Couloute will be at the LEDA Summit on Race and Inclusion in Holland, Michigan, presenting his research on the challenges and disadvantages people face when they are released from prison. Tickets are available on LEDA’s website.

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