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Census Research Guide: 1950

About the 1950 Census

Census Bureau's "By Decade" website

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

Highlights

  • 17th decennial census
  • US population: 150,697,361
  • California population: 10,586,223

Questions asked (see questionnaire)

Information obtained from all persons: Address; whether house is on farm; name; relationship to head of household; race; sex; age; marital status; place of birth; if foreign born, whether naturalized; employment status; hours worked during week preceding enumeration; occupation, industry, and class of worker.

Information obtained from 20-percent sample: Whether living in same house a year ago; whether living on a farm a year ago; if not in same house, county and state of residence year ago; country of birth of parents; educational attainment; school attendance; if looking for work, number of weeks; weeks worked last year; for each person and each family, earnings last year from wages and salary, from self-employment; other income last year; veteran status.

Information obtained from 3-1/3 percent sample: For persons who worked last year but not in current labor force: occupation, industry, and class of worker on last job; if ever married, whether married more than once; duration of present marital status; for women ever married, number of children ever born.

Supplemental schedules for persons on Indian reservations; infants born in the first 3 months of 1950; Americans overseas.

Statistics

Find all 1950 census publications in the Library.


Key publications:

Print available in the Library

Online access

Census Of Population Vol. I: Number of Inhabitants
[C 3.14:950/3/4/v.1]

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol. II: Characteristics of the Population
[C3.14:950/3/4/v.2/pt.1-54]

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol III: Census Tract Statistics (64 pts)
[C3.14:950/3/4/v.2/pt.1-3. 5-43,45-48,60-64]

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports. Employment and Personal Characteristics
[C 3.14:950/3/5/1 A]

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports.Occupational Characteristics
[C 3.14:950/3/5/1 B]

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports.Occupation by Industry
[C 3.14:950/3/5/1 C]

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports. Industrial Characteristics
[C 3.14:950/3/5/1 D]

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports. General Characteristics of Families
[3.14:950/3/5/2 A]

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports. Institutional Population
[3.14:950/3/5/2 C]

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports. Marital Status
[C 3.14:950/3/5/2 D]

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports. Duration of Current Marital Status
[C 3.14:950/3/5/2 E]

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports. Nativity and Parentage
[C 3.14:950/3/5/3 A]

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports. Nonwhite Population by Race

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports. Persons of Spanish Surname
[C 3.14:950/3/5/3 C]

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports. Puerto Ricans in Continental United States
[C 3.14:950/3/5/3 D]

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports. State of Birth
[C 3.14:950/3/5/4A]

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports. Population Mobility - States and State Economic Areas
[C 3.14:1950/3/5/4 B]

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports. Population Mobility - Farm - Nonfarm Movers
[ C 3.14:950/3/5/4 C]

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports. Population Mobility - Characteristics of Migrants
[ C 3.14:950/3/5/4 D]

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports. Characteristics by Size of Place.

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports. Education

 Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports. Fertility
[C 3.14:950/3/5/5 C]

 Census Bureau

Census of Housing Vol. I: General Characteristics
[C3.14:950/2/v.1/pt.1-7]

 Census Bureau

Census of Housing Vol. II: Nonfarm Housing Characteristics
[C3.14:950/2/v.2/pt.1-5]

 Census Bureau

Census of Housing Vol. III: Farm Housing Characteristics
[C 3.14:950/2/v.3]

 Census Bureau

Census of Housing Vol. IV: Residential Financing, Mortgaged Nonfarm Properties
[C3.14:950/2/v.4/pt.1-2]

 Census Bureau

Census of Housing Vol. V: Block Statistics (213 pts)
[C 3.14:950/v. 5/pt. 1-12, 14-142, 144-201, 203-213]

 Census Bureau

Portfolio of United States Census Maps
[G1201.E2 U45 1953]

 Census Bureau