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U.S. Decennial Census: 1880

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

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About the 1860 census

Highlights

 

  • 10th decennial census
  • US population: 50,155,783
  • Washington Territory population: 75,116

Questions asked

  • Address;
  • nickname;
  • relationship to head of family;
  • sex;
  • race;
  • age;
  • marital status;
  • month of birth if born within the census year;
  • married within the year;
  • occupation;
  • number of months unemployed during year;
  • sickness or temporary disability;
  • whether blind, deaf and dumb, idiotic, insane, maimed, crippled, bedridden, or otherwise disabled;
  • school attendance;
  • literacy;
  • place of birth of person and parents.
  • Supplemental schedules for the Indian population; for persons who died during the year; insane; idiots; deaf-mutes; blind; homeless children; prisoners; paupers and indigent persons.

Coverage

Map of the United States as surveyed in the 1880 census

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

Statistics

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

More Information from the Census Bureau

Statistics: Census Compilations

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. Below are links to print and on-line versions of the population schedules. The library also has selected population schedules available on microfilm.

Raw Data Files

Contact

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).