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U.S. Decennial Census: 1960

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

About the 1960 census

Highlights

  • 18th decennial census
  • US population: 179,323,175
  • Washington population: 2,860,000 

Questions asked

Information obtained from all persons: Address; name; relationship to head of household; sex; race; month and year of birth; marital status.

Information obtained from 25-percent sample: Whether residence is on farm;1 place of birth; if foreign born, language spoken in home before coming to U.S.; country of birth of parents; length of residence at present address; State, county and city or town of residence 5 years ago; educational attainment; school or college attendance, and whether public or private school; whether married more than once and date of first marriage; for women ever married, number of children ever born; employment status; hours worked in week preceding enumeration; year last worked; occupation, industry, and class of worker; place of work-which city or town (and whether in city limits or outside), county, State; means of transportation to work; weeks worked last year; earnings last year from wages and salary, from self-employment; other income last year; veteran status.

Supplemental schedule for Americans overseas.

For more information:

Statistics

Original printed reports (& online equivalents)

Print Versions in the Library

Online Versions

Census of Population Vol. I: Characteristics of the Population
[HA201 1960 .A456 v.1

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 1A. Nativity and Parentage.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.1A]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 1B. Persons of Spanish Surname.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.1B]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 1C. Nonwhite Population by Race
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.1C]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 1D. Puerto Ricans in the United States.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.1D]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 1E. Mother Tongue of the Foreign Born.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.1E]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 2A. State of Birth.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.2A]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 2B. Mobility for States and State Economic Areas.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.2B]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 2C. Mobility for Metropolitan Areas.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.2C]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 2D. Lifetime and Recent Migration.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.2D]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 2E. Migration Between State Economic Areas.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.2E]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 3A. Women by Number of Children Ever Born.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.3A]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 3B. Childspacing.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.3B]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 3C. Women by Children under 5 Years Old
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.3C]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 4A. Families.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.4A]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 4B. Persons by Family Characteristics.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.4B]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 4C. Sources and Structure of Family Income.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.4C]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 4D. Age at First Marriage.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.4D]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 4E. Marital Status
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.4E]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 5A. School Enrollment.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.5A]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 5B. Educational Attainment.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.5B]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 5C. Socioeconomic Status.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.5C]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 6A. Employment Status and Work Experience.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.6A]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 6B. Journey to Work.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.6B]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 6C. Labor Reserve.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.6C]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 7A. Occupational Characteristics.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.7A]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 7B. Occupation by Earnings and Education.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.7B]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 7C. Occupation by Industry.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.7C]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 7D. Characteristics of Teachers.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.7D]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 7E. Characteristics of Professional Workers.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.7E]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 7F. Industrial Characteristics.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.7F]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 8A. Inmates of Institutions.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.8A]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 8B. Income of the Elderly Population.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.8B]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. II: Subject Reports 8C. Veterans.
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 2 pt.8C

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population Vol. III: Selected Area Reports
[HA201 1960 .A456 v. 3 pt.1A-1E]

From the Census Bureau

Supplementary Reports PC(S1)
[C 3.223/12:960/]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Population and Housing: Census Tract Reports
[HA201 1960 .A54 pt.1-180, pt.142 - Seattle]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Housing:Vol. I: States and Small Areas (9pts)
[C 3.224/9:960 v. 1 PT.]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Housing:Vol. II: Metropolitan Housing (7 pts)
[C 3.224/9:960  v.2 PT. 1-7]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Housing:Vol. III: City Blocks (421 pts)
[C 3.224/5:960 v. 3 PT. 1-421, no.405-Seattle]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Housing:Vol. IV: Components of Inventory Change
[C 3.224/6:960/pt.1 A no. 1-18]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Housing:Vol. V: Residential Finance (2 pts)
[C 3.224/9:960 v. 5 PT.1-2]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Housing:Vol. VI: Rural Housing
[C 3.224/9:960  v. 6]

From the Census Bureau

Census of Housing: Vol. VII: Housing of Senior Citizens
[C 3.224/9:960  v. 7]

From the Census Bureau

Series HC(S1). Special Reports for Local Housing Authorities
[C 3.224/8:960/137]

From the Census Bureau

Our growing population : United States census of population: 1960
[C 3.223/14:60-1/2]

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

Note: 1960 population schedules have not been released.

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.

Contact

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