Wise County, Texas

According to the 2000 Census, Wise County, Texas has a population of 48,793 people. Of those, 44,407 (91%) are White, 600 (1%) are Black, and 5,248 (11%) are Latino[1]. However, 800 (or 2% of the 48,793 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 Wise County a population of 47,993 with a demographic that is 92% White, 1% Black, and 11% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 48,793 800 47,993
White 44,407 487 43,920
Black 600 308 292
Latino 5,248 208 5,040


[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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