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Mason County, Washington

According to the 2000 Census, Mason County, Washington has a population of 49,405 people. Of those, 43,705 (88%) are White, 587 (1%) are Black, and 2,361 (4%) are Latino[1]. However, 1,930 (or 4% of the 49,405 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 Mason County a population of 47,475 with a demographic that is 89% White, 0% Black, and 5% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Total 49,405 1,930 47,475
White 43,705 1,383 42,322
Black 587 383 204
Latino 2,361 207 2,154


[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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