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1950 Census Records

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On April 1, 2022, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) will make population records from the 1950 Census available to the public for the first time. We invite you to explore our site to see how America has changed since the 1950s.

The 1950 Census records release highlights the importance of responding to Census Bureau surveys and censuses. The Census Bureau serves as the nation’s benchmark in who we were as a nation. Through the 1950 Census records, we use compelling stories, infographics, and photos to compare the 1950 Census with corresponding information about the 2020 Census.

For more information on the release of NARA's 1950 Census records, visit their website:

1950 Census Historical Facts

Population

151,325,798 U.S. Resident Population
42.6
Population per square mile of land area
14.5
Percent increase of population from 1940 to 1950
48
Number of States

The 1950 Census

Cost $91,462,000
Cost per Capita (cents) 60.4
Total Pages in Published Reports 61,700
Number of Enumerators 142,962
Census Bureau Director Roy Victor Peel
Number of Questions on the Questionnaire N/A
Number of Questions on the Long Form N/A

10 Largest Urban Places

Rank
Place
Population
1
New York City, NY 7,891,957
2
Chicago, IL 3,620,962
3
Philadelphia, PA 2,071,605
4
Los Angeles, CA 1,970,358
5
Detroit, MI 1,849,568
6
Baltimore, MD 949,708
7
Cleveland, OH 914,808
8
St. Louis, MO 856,796
9
Washington, DC 802,178
10
Boston, MA 801,444

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