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This is the first in a series of releases of previously unpublished data from the 1930 Census of Population. The data are being made public at this time for one reason, in order to provide a tangible basis for the consideration of the questions as to what tabulations of families classified by type would be most profitably be made from the 1940 census returns.

This 16-page report shows families in the United States classified by type on the basis of the sex and marital condition of the family head and the number of children under 21 years of age in the family. The tabulation was limited to white and negro private families with known marital condition of the head; this represented 98.6 percent of all private families. Hotels, lodging houses, institutions, and other quasi families were omitted from the tabulation.

A family was defined as a group of persons related by blood, marriage, or adoption, and living together as one household.

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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.

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