The 1950 United States census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 158,804,396, an increase of 14.5 percent over the 131,669,275 persons enumerated during the 1940 census.
of the United States
|Total population||158,804,396 ( 14.5%)|
|Most populous ||New York|
|Least populous ||Nevada|
This was the first census in which:
- More than one state recorded a population of over 10 million
- Every state and territory recorded a population of over 100,000
- All 100 largest cities recorded populations of over 100,000
Census questions Edit
The 1950 census collected the following information from all respondents:
- whether house is on a farm
- relationship to head of household
- marital status
- 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 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. Personally identifiable information became available in April 2022.
On April 1, 2022, 72 years after the census was taken, the National Archives and Records Administration released scanned census enumeration sheets to the general public. Soon after, census data will also be made freely searchable by name at other websites.
State rankings Edit
|Rank||State||Population as of
|Population as of
|1||New York||14,830,192||13,479,142||1,351,050||10.0% |
|8||New Jersey||4,835,329||4,160,165||675,164||16.2% |
|10||North Carolina||4,061,929||3,571,623||490,306||13.7% |
|27||South Carolina||2,117,027||1,899,804||217,223||11.4% |
|29||West Virginia||2,005,552||1,901,974||103,578||5.4% |
|—||District of Columbia||802,178||663,091||139,087||21.0% |
|36||Rhode Island||791,896||713,346||78,550||11.0% |
|39||New Mexico||681,187||531,818||149,369||28.1% |
|40||South Dakota||652,740||642,961||9,779||1.5% |
|41||North Dakota||619,636||641,935||−22,299||−3.5% |
|44||New Hampshire||533,242||491,524||41,718||8.5% |
|—||United States||151,325,798||132,164,569||19,161,229||14.5% |
City rankings Edit
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