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Census Research Guide: 1900

About the 1900 Census

Census Bureau's "By Decade" website - includes a variety of publications, questionnaires, datasets, and more


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

Questions asked (see questionnaire)

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.

For more information on this map:

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

Finding Statistics

Social Explorer - remote access limited to UCSD affiliates

Finding Publications

Find all 1900 census publications in the Library catalog.

Selected publications:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Statistical Atlas [C 3.14:900/12]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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