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U.S. Decennial Census: 1950

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About the 1950 census


  • 17th decennial census
  • US population: 150,697,361
  • Washington population: 2,378,963

Questions asked

  • Information obtained from all persons:
    • Address
    • Whether house is on farm
    • Name
    • Relationship to head of household
    • Race
    • Sex
    • Age
    • Marital status
    • Place of birth
    • If foreign born, whether naturalized
    • Employment status
    • Hours worked during week preceding enumeration
    • Occupation, industry, and class of worker
  • Information obtained from 20-percent sample:
    • Whether living in same house a year ago
    • Whether living on a farm a year ago
    • If not in same house, county, and state of residence a year ago
    • County of birth of parents
    • Educational attainment
    • School attendance
    • If looking for work, number of weeks
    • Weeks worked last year
    • For each person and family, earnings last year from wages and salary from self-employment
    • Other income last year; veteran status
  • Information obtained from 3 1/3-percent sample:
    • For persons who worked last year but not in current labor force: occupation, industry, and class of worker on last job
    • If ever married, whether married more than once
    • Duration of present marital status
    • For women ever married, number of children ever born
  • Supplemental schedules for persons on Indian reservations; infants born in the first 3 months of 1950; Americans overseas

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. 1950 is the most recent population schedule available.


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