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Sanpete County, Utah

According to the 2000 Census, Sanpete County, Utah has a population of 22,763 people. Of those, 21,040 (95%) are White, 71 (323%) are Black, and 1,510 (5%) are Latino[1]. However, 808 (or 4% of the 22,763 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 Sanpete County a population of 21,955 with a demographic that is 93% White, 0% Black, and 6% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 22,763 808 21,955
White 21,040 579 20,461
Black 71 45 26
Latino 1,510 133 1,377


[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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