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Ponce Municipio, Puerto Rico

According to the 2000 Census, Ponce Municipio, Puerto Rico has a population of 186,475 people. Of those, 155,907 (84%) are White, 9,924 (5%) are Black, and 184,602 (99%) are Latino[1]. However, 3,733 (or 2% of the 186,475 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 Ponce Municipio a population of 182,742 with a demographic that is 84% White, 5% Black, and 99% Latino.

Reported in
Census 2000
Incarcerated
population
Actual
population
Total 186,475 3,733 182,742
White 155,907 3,286 152,621
Black 9,924 394 9,530
Latino 184,602 3,692 180,910


Notes:

[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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