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Using the Census Website: 1840

This guide will help you understand how to extract demographic and statistical information from the United States Census website

1840 Census Information

Highlights:

  • 6th Decennial Census.
  • U.S. Population: 17,069,458.
  • Cost: $833,371.

Questions:

The 1840 census asked the same questions as the 1830 census. Each head of family was listed and asked:

  • The number of free White males and females, respectively:
    • under 5 years
    • 5 to 10 years
    • 10 to 15 years
    • 15 to 20 years
    • 20 to 30 years
    • 30 to 40 years
    • 40 to 50 years
    • 50 to 60 years
    • 60 to 70 years
    • 70 to 80 years
    • 80 to 90 years
    • 90 to 100 years
    • 100 years and upward
  • The number of slaves and free colored persons of each sex, respectively:
    • under 10 years
    • 10 to 24 years
    • 24 to 36 years
    • 36 to 55 years
    • 55 to 100 years
    • 100 years and upward
  • The number of White persons and of "slaves and colored persons" who were deaf and dumb aged:
    • under 14 years
    • 14 and under 25 years
    • 25 years and upward
  • The number of White persons and "slaves or colored persons" who were blind, respectively
  • The number of White persons who were foreigners not naturalized

Need Help?

Need help with using the Census Website?

Contact Chris Hulsman, Electronic Resources & Systems Librarian.

chulsman@hilbert.edu  OR  Call: (716) 926 8914

Reference Desk: askus@hilbert.edu  OR Call: (716) 926 8913