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Census Research Guide: 1900

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Historical Census Populations of Counties and Cities in California

Raw Data Files

These are computer files intended to be loaded into statistical software for analysis and creating your own tables. In some cases these files can be used with spreadsheet software as well.

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.

  • Online version: Heritage Quest [UCSD only]
  • Microform version: 12th census of population, 1900: California [XF 1976 reel 81-116]

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About the 1900 census

Highlights

  • 12th decennial census
  • US population: 75,994,575
  • California population: 1,485,053

Questions asked

Address; name; relationship to head of family; sex; race; age; month and year of birth; marital status; number of years married; for women, number of children born and number now living; place of birth of person and parents; if foreign born, year of immigration to the U.S., number of years in the U.S., and whether naturalized; occupation; months not employed; months attended school during census year; literacy; ability to speak English. Supplemental schedules for the blind and for the deaf.

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Map coverage of the 1900 census

Statistics

Find all 1900 census publications in the Library.

Multi-year census compilations (compare across years): These sources tend to include statistics for large geographic areas (e.g. states), but can be very useful when comparing statistics over time.

Key publications:

Print available in the Library

Online access

Vol I: Population.
[C 3.14:900/1]

From the Census Bureau

Vol II: Population.
[C 3.14:900/2]

From the Census Bureau

Vol III: Vital Statistics
[C 3.14:900/3]

From the Census Bureau

Vol IV: Vital Statistics
[C 3.14:900/4]

From the Census Bureau

Vol V: Agriculture
[C 3.14:900/5 and C 3.14:900/5/reprint]

From the Census Bureau

Vol VI: Agriculture
[C 3.14:900/6 and C 3.14:900/6/reprint]

From the Census Bureau

Vol VII: Manufactures
[C 3.14:900/7 and C 3.14:900/7/reprint]

From the Census Bureau

Vol VIII: Manufactures
[C 3.14:900/8 and C 3.14:900/8/reprint]

From the Census Bureau

Vol IX: Manufactures
[C 3.14:900/9]

From the Census Bureau

Vol X: Manufactures
[C 3.14:900/10/reprint]

From the Census Bureau

Abstract
[C 3.14:900/11 and C 3.14:900/11/reprint]

From the Census Bureau

Statistical Atlas
[C 3.14:900/12]

From the Census Bureau

Supplementary analysis and derivative tables
[C 3.14:900/13/S86]

From the Census Bureau

Bulletin 69: Child labor in the United States
[C 3.14:900/13/C 45 u]

n/a

Occupations at the twelfth census
[C 3.14:900/13/O 2]

From the Census Bureau

Bulletin 8: Negroes in the United States
[C 3.14:900/13/N 43]

From the Census Bureau

Bulletin 26: Illiteracy in the United States
[C 3/14:900/13/I 44 ]

n/a

Statistics of women at work
[C 3.14:900/13/S 83]

From the Census Bureau

Wealth, debt, and taxation
[C 3.5:W 37]

n/a

A discussion of the vital statistics of the Twelfth Census
[C 3.14:900/13/D 57 v]

From the Census Bureau