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1940 - 2010 U.S. Population Census Records

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U.S. Census Records

The U.S. Census Bureau releases only general demographic information. By law, population schedules are not released for 72 years following the census enumeration. The 1940 Decennial Population Census data should be released in 2012.  Click on the Census Year below for information pertaining to that census; date enumerated, questions asked and other important information.


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1890 Veterans Schedule     1850-1880 Mortality Schedules


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1940 U.S. Census

The 16th U.S. Census asked the name of every person in the household, their age, relationship to the head of household, sex, race, age, marital status, education, place of birth, citizenship, residence as of April 1, 1935 (city, county, state or country), employment information, occupation and salary. For a 1940 Form in PDF format (325 KB), CLICK HERE. For questions asked and other information, download Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses From 1790 to 2000.
Schedules to be released in the year 2012.


1950 U.S. Census

The 17th U.S. Census asked the name of every person in the household, their age, relationship to the head of household, and much additional detail. The 1950 census encompassed the continental United States, the Territories of Alaska and Hawaii, American Samoa, the Canal Zone, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands of the United States, and some of the smaller islands and island groups within the United States' possession. The census also made special provisions for the enumeration of American citizens living abroad (and their dependents), including the armed forces of the United States, employees of the United States Government, and the crews of vessels in the American Merchant Marine at sea or in foreign ports. For questions asked and other information, download Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses From 1790 to 2000.
Schedules to be released in the year 2022.
 

1960 U.S. Census

The 8th U.S. Census asked the name of every person in the household, and also their age relationship to the head of household. and much additional detail. For questions asked and other information, download Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses From 1790 to 2000.
Schedules to be released in the year 2032.
 

1970 U.S. Census

The 19th U.S. Census asked the name of every person in the household, and also their age relationship to the head of household, and much additional detail. For questions asked and other information, download Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses From 1790 to 2000.
Schedules to be released in the year 2042.
 

1980 U.S. Census

The 20th U.S. Census asked the name of every person in the household, and also their age relationship to the head of household, and much additional detail. For questions asked and other information, download Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses From 1790 to 2000.
Schedules to be released in the year 2052.
 

1990 U.S. Census

The 21st U.S. Census of 1990 asked the name of every person in the household, and also their age relationship to the head of household; and much additional detail. For questions asked and other information, download Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses From 1790 to 2000.
Scheduled to be released in the year  2062.

Note: This census was the first to use electronic media to produce summary data, and so the page count for products released is not a significant measure of the product output of this and following censuses.

2000 U.S. Census

The 22nd U.S. Census asked the name of every person in the household, and also their age relationship to the head of household, and much additional detail. For the census forms and questions, click on one of these links:
Short Form Individual   Short Form Household   Long Form Individual   Long Form Household
Scheduled to be released in the year 2072.

The 24th United States Census

During March of 2010, census forms were delivered to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico. Unlike some previous census schedules, only a single form was utilized - no long form was used. One of the shortest questionnaires of modern time, just 10 short questions were on the form, and were to be answered for anyone living at the address on April 1, 2010 — citizens and non-citizens alike.
The 2010 Census Form
Scheduled to be released in the year 2082.

Measuring America: The Decennial Censuses From 1790 to 2000

A publication of the U.S. Census Bureau, this is an absolute necessity for researchers, providing all questions, instructions, and policies for the1790 - 2000 U.S. Population Schedules,  including special schedules. Also included is a Finding Guide and histories of each census.

Download the entire publication Acrobat pdf PDF PDF - 16,525 KB
Cover and Table of Contents Acrobat pdf PDF PDF - 678 KB
Pages 5 - 96, Questionnaires and Instructions (1790 - 1990) Acrobat pdf PDF PDF - 3,070 KB
Pages 97 - 109, Questionnaire and Instructions (2000) Acrobat pdf PDF PDF - 12,661 KB
Pages 110 - 140 Acrobat pdf PDF
Availability of Population Schedules, Availability of the 1930 Census Records, Finding Guides, State and Territorial Censuses, Mortality Schedules, Population Items on Principal Census Questionnaires, A History of the Decennial Censuses (1790 to 2000), Individual Histories of the United States Censuses
PDF - 248 KB
Appendixes A - D Acrobat pdf PDF PDF - 126 KB

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

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