United States Census 1950

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Release Date[edit | edit source]

According to law, the census is scheduled for public release on 1 April 2022.

Census Questions[edit | edit source]

This census had separate forms for population and housing. The population schedule was separated into three sections of questions: For Head of Household, For All Persons, For Persons 14 Years of Age and Over. Full documentation on the 1950 census, including census forms and a procedural history, is available from the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series. A PDF copy of the United States Census Bureau 1950 Instructions is available.

Population Schedule[edit | edit source]

A copy of the form can be downloaded at the Census Bureau's 1950-History-U.S. Census Bureau page.

Form Header[edit | edit source]

The header of the population questionnaire included the following fields:

  • State
  • County
  • Incorporate place or township
  • E.D. (Enumeration District) number
  • Hotel, large rooming house, institution, military installation, etc.
  • Date sheet started
  • Enumerator's signature
  • Checked by (crew leader)
  • Sheet number

Individual Information[edit | edit source]

The following questions are listed in the order they appear on the form.

  • Name of street, avenue, or road

Head of Household

  • House (and apartment number)
  • Serial number of dwelling unit
  • Is this house on a farm (or ranch)
  • Agricultural Questionnaire Number

For All Persons

  • Name of the head of household
  • Names of all other persons who live here
  • Relationship
  • Race
  • Sex
  • How old was he on his last birthday
  • Is he now married, widowed, divorced, separated, or never married
  • What State (or foreign country) was he born in?
  • If foreign born - Is he naturalized

For Persons 14 Years of Age and Over

  • What was this person doing most of last week--working, keeping house, or something else
  • Did this person do any work at all last week, not counting work around the house
  • Was this person looking for work
  • Even though he didn't didn't work last week, does he have a job or business
  • How many hours is he work last week
  • What kind of work was he doing
  • What kind of business or industry was he working in
  • Class of worker

Housing Schedule[edit | edit source]

A copy of the form can be downloaded at the Census Bureau's 1950-History-U.S. Census Bureau page. The following questions are listed in the order they appear on the form.

Sheet No

  • Serial number of dwelling unit
  • Block number

For All Dwelling Units

  • Type of lliving quarters
  • Type of structure
  • Number of dwelling units in structure
  • Business units in structure
  • Condition of unit
  • We have listed (number) persons who live here. Have we missed anyone away travelling? Babies? Lodgers? Other persons staying here who have no home anywhere else?
  • How many rooms are in this unit, not counting bathrooms
  • Piped water supply
  • Type of toiler
  • Toilet--exclusive use
  • Installed bathtub of shower

The following five questions were asked in rotation:

  1. Kitchen sink / Cooking fuel used most
  2. When was this structure built
  3. Heating equipment / Heating fuel used most
  4. Does this unit have electric lighting / What type of refrigerator does this unit have
  5. Is there a radio in this unit / Is there a television set in this unit
  • Occupancy

For All Vacant Units

  • Non-seasonal or seasonal

For Nonfarm Vacant Units Only

  • If "For rent"--monthy rent for this unit
  • If "For sale only"--sale price asked

For Nonfarm Units Occupied by Owner

  • How much would this property sell for
  • How many dwelling units are included in this property
  • Is there any mortgage (trust) on this property

For Nonfarm Units Occupied by Renter

  • What is the monthly rent for this unit
  • In addition to rent, how much do you pay for
    • Electricty
    • Gas
    • Water
    • Wood/Coal/Oil
  • Is this unted rented unfurnished/furnished
  • If rented furnished--What would it rent for monthly if unfurnished

National Archives Catalog[edit | edit source]

1950 Census Enumeration District Maps - Selected[edit | edit source]

1950 Census Enumeration District Census Maps are included in the series: Enumeration District and Related Maps, 1880 - 1990 NAID 821491. On that page click the Search within this series link. Go through the results to find the locality you are looking for, and click the link to see the map.

Sample Census Enumeration District maps:

Read the post on the National Archives' blog, The Unwritten Record, "Snapshot USA:1950 Census Enumeration District Maps".

Related Sources - National Archives Catalog[edit | edit source]

Statistical Reports[edit | edit source]

Enumeration Form[edit | edit source]