1950



About the 1950 census

Highlights

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

Questions asked

Information obtained from all persons: Address; whether house is on farm; name; relationship to head of household; race; sex; age; martial 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.

For more information:


Guides & Documentation

Encyclopedia of the U.S. Census. (Ref Desk HA 37 .U55 C66 2000)
See the entry under "decennial census". Includes bibliography for each census.

See: list of all Guides and Documentation


Statistics

Original printed reports (& online equivalents)

Print Versions in the Library

Online Versions

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the 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]

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

Census Of Population Vol IV Special Reports. Education

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

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

From the 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]

From the Census Bureau

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

From the Census Bureau

Multi-year census compilations (compare across years)

These tend to include statistics for large geographic areas (eg states) but can be very useful when comparing statistics over time.

See: list of all census compilations


Raw Data Files

These are computer files intended to be loaded into statistical sofware for analysis and creating your own tables. In some cases these files can be used with spreadsheet software as well.

See list of raw data sources.


Population Schedules

Note: 1950 population schedules have not been released.

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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