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U.S. Decennial Census: 1810

Decade by decade information about how to access and use U.S. Census reports.

About the 1810 census


  • 3rd decennial census
  • US population: 7,239,881

Questions asked

Name of head of family;if white, age and sex; race; slaves.

For more information:



For more information:

  • Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790 - 1920 (GovPub Reference HA195 .T46 1987)


Original printed reports (& online equivalents)

Print Versions in the Library

Online Versions

Aggregate Amount of each description of persons within the United States of America
[HA201 1810 .A34 1811a, HA201 1810a, HA201 1810 .C45 1976]

From Newsbank

A Statement of the arts and manufactures of the United States of America
[HA201 1810 .S83 1814a, HA201 1810aa]

From the Census Bureau

Multi-year census compilations (compare across years)

These tend to include statistics for large geographic areas (eg states) but can be very useful when comparing statistics over time.

See: list of all census compilations

Guides and Documentation

Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census.                     (GovPub Reference HA 37 .U55 C66 2000)
See the entry under "decennial census". Includes bibliography for each census.

See: list of all Guides and Documentation

Raw Data Files

These are computer files intended to be loaded into statistical sofware for analysis and creating your own tables. In some cases these files can be used with spreadsheet software as well.

See: list of raw data sources

Population Schedules

Census population schedules (or "name schedules" or "manuscript census") are copies of the original questionnaires collected during each decennial census. They list the individual names and family information of the people enumerated. Unlike the statistics published soon after the census, the population schedules remain confidential for 72 years. 1930 is the most recent population schedule available


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