The 1920 census questionnaire was similar, but slightly shorter, than its counterpart from 1910. "Place of abode" replaced "dwelling house" as the general term for a person's residence. There was no separate schedule for American Indians. Enumerators collected the following information from residents, organized by column:
Street of person's place of abode
Enumerators were to write the name of the street vertically in the column, so that they only had to write it once for all of the enumerated persons living on that street
House number or farm
Number of dwelling house in order of visitation by enumerator
Number of family in order of visitation by enumerator
Relationship to head of family
Is the person's home owned or rented?
If owned, is it owned freely or mortgaged?
Color or race
Enumerators were to enter "W" for White, "B" for Black, "Mu" for mulatto, "Ch" for Chinese, "Jp" for Japanese, "In" for American Indian, or "Ot" for other races.
Age at last birthday
Single, married, widowed, or divorced?
Enumerators were to enter "S" for single, "Wd" for widowed, "D" for divorced, "M1" for married persons in their first marriage, and "M2" for those married persons in their second or subsequent marriage.
Year of immigration to the United States
Is the person naturalized or alien?
If naturalized, what was the year of naturalization?
Did the person attend school at any time since September 1, 1919?
Can the person read?
Can the person write?
Person's place of birth
Person's mother tongue
Person's father's place of birth
Person's father's mother tongue
Person's mother's place of birth
Person's mother's mother tongue
Can the person speak English?
Person's trade or profession
Industry, business, or establishment in which the person works
Is the person an employer, a salary or wage worker, or working on his own account?
If the person is a farmer, what is the farm's identification number on the corresponding farm schedule?