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Victoria County, Texas

According to the 2000 Census, Victoria County, Texas has a population of 84,088 people. Of those, 62,406 (74%) are White, 5,297 (6%) are Black, and 32,959 (38%) are Latino[1]. However, 473 (or 1% of the 84,088 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 Victoria County a population of 83,615 with a demographic that is 74% White, 6% Black, and 39% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 84,088 473 83,615
White 62,406 394 62,012
Black 5,297 78 5,219
Latino 32,959 257 32,702


[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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