Census Facts, 1870-1930


Facts Contained in Population Schedules:
U.S. Federal Census, 1870-1930

based on a fact sheet provided by the Bentley Historical Library
(Most federal census records for 1890 burned in 1921.)

 Name and Address 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930
 Name of individual; age or age range
 Street name and house number
 Dwelling and family numbers
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 Family Origins 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930
 Relationship to head of household
 Month of birth, if born within the year
 Birthplace; sex; color/race
 Marital status
 Age at first marriage
 Whether married within the year
 Number of years in present marriage
 Number of children born during year
 Number of living children, if a mother
 Birthplaces of father and mother
 Whether father or mother of foreign birth
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 Education & Health 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930
 Mother tongue / language before came to U.S.
 Whether able to speak English
 Whether able to read/write; attended school/college
 Whether temporarily or permanently disabled
 Whether suffering from acute or chronic disease
 Whether crippled, maimed, or deformed
 Whether deaf, dumb, blind, or insane
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 Welfare & Occupation 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930
 Occupation/Industry
 If employer/wage earner/self-emp.; employed now
 Time unemployed during the census year
 Value of personal estate
 Value of real estate or monthly rent
 Own or rent; if home/farm free of mortgage
 If live on a farm; if own a radio
 Whether a pauper; convict; prisoner or homeless child
 Whether a veteran, which war
 Whether a soldier, sailor, or marine in the
 Civil War (USA or CSA), or a widow of one
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 Residency and Citizenship 1870 1880 1890 1900 1910 1920 1930
 Number of years in the United States
 Naturalized or alien; papers taken out
 Male citizens by age group; over 21 unable to vote
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