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Census Research Guide: 1890

About the 1890 Census

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  • 11th decennial census
  • US population: 62,947,714
  • California population: 1,213,398
  • Electrical tabulating machines first used.
  • First census to use a separate questionnaire for each household.

Questions asked (see questionnaire)

Address; name; relationship to head of family; race; sex; age; marital status; number of families in house; number of persons in house; number of persons in family; whether a soldier, sailor or marine during Civil War (Union or Confederate) or widow of such person; whether married during census year; for women, number of children born, and number now living; place of birth of person and parents; if foreign born, number of years in the U.S., whether naturalized or whether naturalization papers had been taken out; profession, trade, or occupation; months unemployed during census year; months attended school during census year; literacy; whether able to speak English, and if not, language or dialect spoken; whether suffering from acute or chronic disease, with name of disease and length of time afflicted; whether defective in mind, sight, hearing or speech, or whether crippled, maimed, or deformed, with name of defect; whether a prisoner, convict, homeless child, or pauper; home rented or owned by head or member of family; if owned by head or member, whether mortgaged; if head of family a farmer, whether farm rented or owned by him or member of his family; if owned, whether mortgaged; if mortgaged, post office address of owner. Supplemental schedules for the Indian population; for persons who died during the year; insane; feeble-minded and idiots; deaf; blind; diseased and physically defective; inmates of benevolent institutions; prisoners; paupers and indigent persons; surviving soldiers, sailors, and marines, and widows of such; inmates of soldier's homes.

For more information on this map:

Map Guide to the U.S. Federal Censuses, 1790 - 1920

Finding Statistics

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Finding Publications:

Find all 1890 census publications in the Library catalog.

Selected publications:

Vol I: Report on population of the United States [C 3.14:890/1/pt.1-2]

Vol II: Report on the Insane, feeble-minded, deaf and dumb, and blind in the United States [C 3.14:890/2]

Vol III: Report on crime, pauperism, and benevolence [C 3.14:890/3/pt.1-2]

Vol IV: Report on vital and social statistics [C 3.14:890/4/pt.1-4]

Vol V: Reports on the statistics of agriculture [C 3.14:890/5]

Vol VI: Report on manufacturing industries [C 3.14:890/6/pt.1-3]

Vol VII: Report on mineral industries [C 3.14:890/7, C 3.14:890/7/reprint]

Vol VIII: Report on population and resources of Alaska [C 3.14:890/8]

Vol IX: Report on statistics of churches [C 3.14:890/16/Ch/rep]

Vol X: Report on Indians taxed and Indians not taxed [C 3.14:890/17/In/rep, Spec E77 .U52 1894]

Vol XI: Report on insurance business [ C 3.14:890/11/pt.1-2]

Vol XII: Report on real estate mortgages [C 3.14:890/12]

Vol XIII: Report on farms and homes: Proprietorship and indebtedness [ C 3.14:890/13]

Vol XIV: Report on transportation business [ C 3.14:890/14/pt.1-2]

Vol XV: Report on wealth, debt, and taxation [C 3.14:890/15/pt.1-2]

Compendium of the Eleventh Census [C 3.14:890/17/pt.1-3, C 3.14:890/17/pt1-3/reprint]

Abstract [C 3.14:890/16]

Statistical atlas of the United States [C 3.14:890/18 ]

Special census report on the occupations of the population of the United States [C 3.14:890/19/O 33]