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1950 Census Released

by US Census Bureau Staff

Posted: April 16, 2022

While we know the aggragate statistics, the details remain hidden for seven decades, but now you can dive into the details of the 1950 census…

Editor's Note: If, like my wife, you have spent time in Ancestry, Geneology or other family-tree applications, you know that you could not get U.S. Census data later than 1940. The U.S. Census Bureau presents a tremendous amount of aggregate data right up to the present, but access to detailed census data, including the forms used to record individuals cannot be made public for 70 years. What follows is a brief excerpt from the press release announcing access to the 1950 Census details. You will find a link to the press release at the bottom of the page, which will help you get started in exploring the wealth of new details available.

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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:

NARA 1950 Census Records

1950 Census Historical Facts


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

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

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

See much more, with links to news storeis, "America Counts" features, videos, stories for students and more by going to the full press release.

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