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U.S. Decennial Census: 1910

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

Census By Decade

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About the 1920 census

Highlights

  • 13th decennial census
  • US population: 91,972,266
  • Washington population: 1,141,990 

Questions asked

  • Address;
  • name;
  • relationship to head of family;
  • sex;
  • race;
  • age;
  • marital status;
  • number of years of present marriage;
  • for women, number of children born and number now living;
  • place of birth and mother tongue of person and parents;
  • if foreign born, year of immigration., whether naturalized or alien, and whether able to speak English, or if not, language spoken;
  • occupation,
  • industry, and class of worker;
  • if an employee, whether out of work on census day, and number of weeks out of work during preceding year;
  • literacy;
  • school attendance;
  • home owned or rented;
  • if owned, whether mortgaged;
  • whether farm or house;
  • whether a survivor of Union or Confederate Army or Navy;
  • whether blind or deaf and dumb.
  • Supplemental schedules for the Indian population; blind; deaf; feeble-minded in institutions; insane in hospitals; paupers in almshouses; prisoners and juvenile delinquents in institutions.

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

Statistics

Marker of the 1910 U.S. Population Center

A snow-covered, cricular stone marker reading "Center of Population USA 1910 Census"

According to census data, the approximate location of the mean center of United States population in 1910 was in Bloomington, Indiana. Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.

Guides and Documentation

More Information from the Census Bureau

Statistics: Census Compilations

Raw Data Files

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.

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).