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:
|151,325,798||U.S. Resident Population
||Population per square mile of land area
||Percent increase of population from 1940 to 1950
||Number of States
|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|
||New York City, NY||7,891,957|
||Los Angeles, CA||1,970,358|
||St. Louis, MO||856,796|
Census Bureau Director to Participate in Virtual 1950 Census Records Event
On April 1 at 10 a.m. EDT, Director Robert Santos will join the NARA for a virtual event celebrating the release of population records from the 1950 Census.
1950 Census Records Toolkit & Artifact Hub
Spread the word about the 1950 Census records with our social media toolkit and explore 1950 Census artifacts.
U.S. Census Bureau History: The 1950 Census
With the release of the 1950 schedules, the public has an opportunity to use individual households' responses to the census to better understand the life of Americans on April 1, 1950.
The 1950 Census Records Release
72 years after a census, NARA releases census records to the public to use for research.
Explore 1950 Census Resources on New Archives.gov Page
The public can visit a newly launched 1950 Census web page on Archives.gov for information and resources to help prepare for the April 1 release.
1950 Census Release Will Offer Enhanced Digital Access
The National Archives is completing efforts to digitize 1950 records and using technology to make them more accessible than ever.
NARA Census Records
The National Archives has the census schedules on microfilm available from 1790 to 1940.