1950 United States Census

1950 United States Census

Seventeenth Census
of the United States
U.S. Census Bureau Seal
General information
Country United States
Date taken April 1, 1950
Total population 150,697,361
Percent change Increase 14.5%
Most populous state New York
Least populous state Nevada

The Seventeenth United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 150,697,361, an increase of 14.5 percent over the 131,669,275 persons enumerated during the 1940 Census.[1]


  • Census questions 1
  • Data availability 2
  • State rankings 3
  • City rankings 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

Census questions

The 1950 census collected the following information from all respondents:[2]

  • address
  • whether house is on a farm
  • name
  • relationship to head of household
  • race
  • sex
  • age
  • marital status
  • birthplace
  • if foreign born, whether naturalized
  • employment status
  • hours worked in week
  • occupation, industry and class of worker

In addition, a sample of individuals were asked additional questions covering income, marital history, fertility, and other topics. Full documentation on the 1950 census, including census forms and a procedural history, is available from the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series.

Data availability

Microdata from the 1950 census are freely available through the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series. Aggregate data for small areas, together with electronic boundary files, can be downloaded from the National Historical Geographic Information System.


  1. ^ "Population and Area (Historical Censuses)". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 24, 2008. Retrieved June 20, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Library Bibliography Bulletin 88, New York State Census Records, 1790-1925".  
  3. ^ http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0027/tab18.txt

External links

  • Historic US Census data
  • 1951 U.S Census Report Contains 1950 Census results