U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

end of header


You are here: Census.govHistoryThrough the DecadesCensus Instructions › 1940 Instructions
Skip top of page navigation

Census Instructions

1940 Instructions

In August 1939, Congress directed the U.S. Census Bureau to conduct a national census of housing in each state, the District of Columbia, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Alaska, in conjunction with the 1940 population census. Although this legislation came late the 1940 census' planning, requiring a separate "housing census," in practice, enumerators collected information for the housing census at the same time they collected information for the population census.

[an error occurred while processing this directive] This symbol Off Site indicates a link to a non-government web site. Our linking to these sites does not constitute an endorsement of any products, services or the information found on them. Once you link to another site you are subject to the policies of the new site.
Is this page helpful?
Thumbs Up Image Yes Thumbs Down Image No
255 characters maximum 255 characters maximum reached
Thank you for your feedback.
Comments or suggestions?
Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Census History Staff | Last Revised: December 05, 2022