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U.S. Decennial Census: 1920

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

 

  • 14th decennial census
  • US population: 105,710,620
  • Washington population: 1,356,621
  • For the first time, the majority of Americans were living in urban areas.

Questions asked

  • Address;
  • name;
  • relationship to head of family;
  • sex;
  • race;
  • age;
  • marital status;
  • year of immigration to U.S.;
  • whether naturalized and year of naturalization;
  • school attendance;
  • literacy;
  • place of birth of person and parents;
  • mother tongue of foreign born;
  • ability to speak English;
  • occupation;
  • industry, and class of worker.
  • Supplemental schedules for the blind and for the deaf.

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

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).