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Census Research Guide: 1920

About the 1920 Census

Census Bureau's "By Decade" website

Includes a variety of publications, questionnaires, datasets, and more

Highlights

  • 14th decennial census
  • US population: 105,710,620
  • California population: 3,426,861
  • For the first time, the majority of Americans were living in urban areas.

Questions asked (see questionnaire)

Address; name; relationship to head of family; sex; race; age; marital status; year of immigration to U.S.; whether naturalized and year of naturalization; school attendance; literacy; place of birth of person and parents; mother tongue of foreign born; ability to speak English; occupation; industry, and class of worker. Supplemental schedules for the blind and for the deaf.

Statistics

Find all 1920 census publications in the Library.


Key publications:

Print available in the Library

Online access

Vol I: Population. Number and Distribution of Inhabitants
[C 3.14:920/1]

 Census Bureau

Vol II: Population. General Report
[C 3.14:920/2]

 Census Bureau

Vol III: Population. Composition and Characteristics
[ C 3.14:920/3]

 Census Bureau

Vol IV: Population. Occupations
[ C 3.14:920/4]

 Census Bureau

Vol V: Agriculture. General Report
[C 3.14:920/5]

 Census Bureau

Vol VI: Agriculture. Reports for States (3 pts)
[C 3.14:920/6 pt.1-3]

 Census Bureau

Vol VII: Irrigation and Drainage. General Report and Analytical Tables
[C 3.14:920/7]

 Census Bureau

Vol VIII: Manufactures. General Report
[C 3.14:920/8]

 Census Bureau

Vol IX: Manufactures. Reports for States
[C 3.14:920/9]

 Census Bureau

Vol X: Manufactures. Reports for Selected Industries
[C 3.14:920/10]

 Census Bureau

Vol XI: Mines and Quarries. General Report
[C 3.14:920/11]

 Census Bureau

Abstract
[C 3.14:920/13]

 Census Bureau

Statistical atlas of the United States.
[C 3.14:920/16]

 n/a

State Compendium

 Census Bureau

Increase of population n the United States 1910-1920.
[C 3.14:920/14 no.1]

 Census Bureau

Mortgages on Homes
[C 3.14:920/14 no.2]

 Census Bureau

The integration of industrial operation
[C 3.14:920/14 no.3]

 Census Bureau

Farm tenancy in the United States
[C 3.14:920/14 no.4]

 Census Bureau

School attendance in 1920
[C 3.14:920/14 no.5]

 Census Bureau

Farm population of the United States
[C 3.14:920/14 no.6]

 Census Bureau

Immigrants and their children, 1920.
[C 3.14:920/14 no.7]

 Census Bureau

The growth of manufactures, 1899 to 1923.
[C 3.14:920/14 no.8]

 Census Bureau

Women in gainful occupations, 1870 to 1920.
[C 3.14:920/14 no.9]

 Census Bureau

Earnings of Factory workers, 1899 to 1927.
[C 3.14:920/14 no.10]

 Census Bureau

Ratio of children to women, 1920.
[C 3.14:920/14 no.11]

 n/a