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Census Research Guide: 1830

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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.


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About the 1830 census


  • 5th decennial census
  • US population: 12,866,020
  • First time sex and age of slaves included

Questions asked

Name of head of family; age; sex; race; slaves; deaf and dumb; blind; foreigners not naturalized.

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Map coverage of the 1830 census



Find all 1830 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

Fifth Census
[C 3.14:830/reprint]


Abstract of the returns of the Fifth Census
[C 3.14:1830/2]

From Newsbank 

From the Census Bureau