1950 United States Census

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Seventeenth Census
of the United States
Census Bureau seal.svg
U.S. Census Bureau Seal
General Information
Date TakenApril 1, 1950
Total U.S. Population150,697,361
Percent ChangeIncrease 14.5%
Most Populous StateNew York
14,830,192
Least Populous StateNevada
162,000
 
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Seventeenth Census
of the United States
Census Bureau seal.svg
U.S. Census Bureau Seal
General Information
Date TakenApril 1, 1950
Total U.S. Population150,697,361
Percent ChangeIncrease 14.5%
Most Populous StateNew York
14,830,192
Least Populous StateNevada
162,000

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[edit]

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

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[edit]

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.

State rankings[edit]

1950 U.S. State Population Rankings
RankStatePopulation
1New York14,830,192
2California10,586,223
3Pennsylvania10,498,012
4Illinois8,712,176
5Ohio7,946,627
6Texas7,748,000
7Michigan6,421,000
8New Jersey4,860,000
9Massachusetts4,690,000
10North Carolina4,060,000
11Indiana3,952,000
12Missouri3,946,000
13Georgia3,451,000
14Wisconsin3,449,000
15Tennessee3,304,000
16Virginia3,262,000
17Alabama3,060,000
18Minnesota2,995,000
19Kentucky2,957,000
20Florida2,821,000
21Louisiana2,701,000
22Iowa2,621,000
23Washington2,386,000
24Maryland2,376,000
25Oklahoma2,193,000
26Mississippi2,169,000
27South Carolina2,119,000
28Connecticut2,007,280
29West Virginia2,006,000
30Kansas1,915,000
31Arkansas1,906,000
32Oregon1,532,000
33Colorado1,337,000
34Nebraska1,324,000
35Maine911,000
xDistrict of Columbia814,000
36Rhode Island779,000
37Arizona756,000
38Utah696,000
39New Mexico687,000
40South Dakota652,000
41North Dakota616,000
42Montana598,000
43Idaho592,000
44New Hampshire531,000
xHawaii491,000
45Vermont377,000
46Delaware321,000
47Wyoming292,000
48Nevada162,000
xAlaska138,000

City rankings[edit]

1950 U.S. City Population Rankings[3]
RankCityStatePopulation
1New YorkNew York7,891,957
2ChicagoIllinois3,620,962
3PhiladelphiaPennsylvania2,071,605
4Los AngelesCalifornia1,970,358
5DetroitMichigan1,849,568
6BaltimoreMaryland949,708
7ClevelandOhio914,808
8St. LouisMissouri856,796
9WashingtonDistrict of Columbia802,178
10BostonMassachusetts801,444
11San FranciscoCalifornia775,357
12PittsburghPennsylvania676,806
13MilwaukeeWisconsin637,392
14HoustonTexas596,163
15BuffaloNew York580,132
16New OrleansLouisiana570,445
17MinneapolisMinnesota521,718
18CincinnatiOhio503,998
19SeattleWashington467,591
20Kansas CityMissouri456,622

References[edit]

  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". New York State Library. October 1981. pp. 45 (p. 51 of PDF). Archived from the original on January 30, 2009. Retrieved December 15, 2008. 
  3. ^ http://www.census.gov/population/www/documentation/twps0027/tab18.txt

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