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1850 Census: Compendium of the Seventh Census

Statistical view of the United States, embracing its territory, population—white, free colored, and slave—moral and social condition, industry, property, and revenue; the detailed statistics of cities, towns, and counties: being a compendium of the seventh census, to which are added the results of every previous census beginning with 1790, in comparative tables, with explanatory and illustrative notes, based upon the schedules and other official sources of information.


Part I. Territory;
Part II. Population (colonial population, population of the United States, white population of the United States, free colored population, slave population of the United States, aggregate population);
Part III. Moral and social condition (religious worship, education, the press, libraries, charities, wages of labor, crime);
Part IV. Industry (agriculture, manufactures, commerce, internal improvements);
Part V. Property, revenue, and taxation;
Part VI. Cities, towns and counties.

This last part summarizes the results of the census by States, and counties and includes an alphabetical list of cities, towns, townships, etc., showing county, district or parish and State in which located together with total population in 1850.


Appendix— California State Census of 1852; age and sex of the white and free colored population in the leading Northern and Northwestern cities, and in the leading cities of the slaveholding States; nativities of the inhabitants in the leading cities of the United States; and ages of persons who died between June 1, 1849, and June 1, 1850.

A Note on Language

Census statistics date back to 1790 and reflect the growth and change of the United States. Past census reports contain some terms that today’s readers may consider obsolete and inappropriate. As part of our goal to be open and transparent with the public, we are improving access to all Census Bureau original publications and statistics, which serve as a guide to the nation's history.

Page Last Revised - December 16, 2021
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