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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 questionsEdit

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 availabilityEdit

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 RankingsEdit

1950 U.S. State Population Rankings
Rank State Population
1 New York 14,830,192
2 California 10,586,223
3 Pennsylvania 10,498,012
4 Illinois 8,712,176
5 Ohio 7,946,627
6 Texas 7,748,000
7 Michigan 6,421,000
8 New Jersey 4,860,000
9 Massachusetts 4,690,000
10 North Carolina 4,060,000
11 Indiana 3,952,000
12 Missouri 3,946,000
13 Georgia 3,451,000
14 Wisconsin 3,449,000
15 Tennessee 3,304,000
16 Virginia 3,262,000
17 Alabama 3,060,000
18 Minnesota 2,995,000
19 Kentucky 2,957,000
20 Florida 2,821,000
21 Louisiana 2,701,000
22 Iowa 2,621,000
23 Washington 2,386,000
24 Maryland 2,376,000
25 Oklahoma 2,193,000
26 Mississippi 2,169,000
27 South Carolina 2,119,000
28 Connecticut 2,007,280
29 West Virginia 2,006,000
30 Kansas 1,915,000
31 Arkansas 1,906,000
32 Oregon 1,532,000
33 Colorado 1,337,000
34 Nebraska 1,324,000
35 Maine 911,000
x District of Columbia 814,000
36 Rhode Island 779,000
37 Arizona 756,000
38 Utah 696,000
39 New Mexico 687,000
40 South Dakota 652,000
41 North Dakota 616,000
42 Montana 598,000
43 Idaho 592,000
44 New Hampshire 531,000
x Hawaii 491,000
45 Vermont 377,000
46 Delaware 321,000
47 Wyoming 292,000
48 Nevada 162,000
x Alaska 138,000

City RankingsEdit

1950 U.S. City Population Rankings[3]
Rank City State Population
1 New York New York 7,891,957
2 Chicago Illinois 3,620,962
3 Philadelphia Pennsylvania 2,071,605
4 Los Angeles California 1,970,358
5 Detroit Michigan 1,849,568
6 Baltimore Maryland 949,708
7 Cleveland Ohio 914,808
8 St. Louis Missouri 856,796
9 Washington District of Columbia 802,178
10 Boston Massachusetts 801,444
11 San Francisco California 775,357
12 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 676,806
13 Milwaukee Wisconsin 637,392
14 Houston Texas 596,163
15 Buffalo New York 580,132
16 New Orleans Louisiana 570,445
17 Minneapolis Minnesota 521,718
18 Cincinnati Ohio 503,998
19 Seattle Washington 467,591
20 Kansas City Missouri 456,622

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit


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