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About the 1790 census
- 1st decennial census
- US population: 3,929,625
- Name of head of family
- Free white males of 16 years and up
- Free white males under 16
- Free white females
- Other persons
Map of coverage of the 1790 census.
For more information: Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790 - 1920 (GovPub Reference HA195 .T46 1987)
More Information from the Census Bureau
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. Below are links to print and on-line versions of the population schedules. The library also has selected population schedules available on microfilm.
Census Bureau: Census of Population & Housing
Full-text PDFs for "Heads of Families at the First Census of the United States in the year 1790" for the states of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.
Heads of families at the first census of the United States taken in the year 1790
Print version for the states of Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.
Need help? Call the Government Publications, Maps, Microforms & Newspapers help desk at (206) 543-4164 during desk hours. You can also consult the Ask Us! reference service (24/7).
Statistics: Original Printed Reports
"Return of the whole number of persons within the several districts of the United States" features population data by race, condition of servitude, State, county, and town for the 1790 census. Also includes data by sex for free white persons, and by age group for males. UW Government Publications holdings and online access options are listed below.
Call no: HA201 1790a
Call no: Microfiche M-5003, no. I205-1
Full-text and download options
Scroll down to the bottom of this page for information on the appropriate year of interest
Statistics: Census Compilations
Raw Data Files
List of Raw Data Sources
Raw data files are intended to be loaded into statistical software for analysis and table creation. In some cases these files can be used with spreadsheet software as well.