U.S. Census Bureau
Table 21. Nativity of the Population for the 25 Largest Urban Places and for Selected Counties: 1850
  Source: U.S. Bureau of the Census
Internet Release date: March 9, 1999

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Place (rank in parentheses) and county 1/ Total Native Foreign born
Number Percent
New York city, NY (1) 515,547 279,814 235,733 45.7
Baltimore city, MD (2) 169,054 133,562 35,492 21.0
Boston city, MA (3) 136,881 90,204 46,677 34.1
Philadelphia county, PA 408,762 287,063 121,699 29.8
   Philadelphia city, PA (4) 121,376 (NA) (NA) (NA)
   Spring Garden district, PA (9) 58,894 (NA) (NA) (NA)
   Northern Liberties district, PA (11) 47,223 (NA) (NA) (NA)
   Kensington district, PA (12) 46,774 (NA) (NA) (NA)
   Southwark district, PA (20) 38,799 (NA) (NA) (NA)
New Orleans city, LA (5) 116,375 67,774 48,601 41.8
Cincinnati city, OH (6) 115,435 60,894 54,541 47.2
Kings county, NY 138,882 82,681 56,201 40.5
   Brooklyn city, NY (7) 96,838 (NA) (NA) (NA)
   Williamsburg town, NY (23) 30,780 (NA) (NA) (NA)
St. Louis city, MO (8) 77,860 39,463 38,397 49.3
Albany city, NY (10) 50,763 34,172 16,591 32.7
Allegheny county, PA 138,290 94,876 43,414 31.4
   Pittsburgh city, PA (13) 46,601 (NA) (NA) (NA)
Louisville city, KY (14) 43,194 30,733 12,461 28.8
Charleston city, SC (15) 42,985 38,342 4,643 10.8
Erie county, NY 100,993 63,520 37,473 37.1
   Buffalo city, NY (16) 42,261 (NA) (NA) (NA)
Providence city, RI (17) 41,513 31,834 9,679 23.3
Washington city, DC (18) 40,001 35,719 4,282 10.7
Newark city, NJ (19) 38,894 26,572 12,322 31.7
Monroe county, NY 87,650 61,573 26,077 29.8
   Rochester city, NY (21) 36,403 (NA) (NA) (NA)
Middlesex county, MA 161,383 130,261 31,122 19.3
   Lowell city, MA (22) 33,383 (NA) (NA) (NA)
Chicago city, IL (24) 29,963 14,281 15,682 52.3
Rensselaer county, NY 73,363 58,862 14,501 19.8
   Troy city, NY (25) 28,785 (NA) (NA) (NA)

(NA) Not available.
1/ 1850 census results for San Francisco were destroyed by fire. The population of San Francisco according to the 1852 state census was 34,776. Population of San Francisco county in 1852: total, 36,154; native, 16,851; foreign-born, 19,303; percent foreign-born, 53.4 percent.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division
Authors: Campbell Gibson and Emily Lennon
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