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Uvalde County, Texas

According to the 2000 Census, Uvalde County, Texas has a population of 25,926 people. Of those, 19,621 (76%) are White, 93 (372%) are Black, and 17,089 (68%) are Latino[1]. However, 134 (or 1% of the 25,926 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 Uvalde County a population of 25,792 with a demographic that is 76% White, 0% Black, and 66% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 25,926 134 25,792
White 19,621 109 19,512
Black 93 4 89
Latino 17,089 87 17,002


[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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