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Using the Census Website: 1920

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

About the Bureau

1920 Census Information


  • 14th Decennial Census.
  • U.S. Population: 105,710,620.
  • Cost: $25,117,000.


The 1920 census questionnaire was similar, but slightly shorter, than its counterpart from 1910. "Place of abode" replaced "dwelling house" as the general term for a person's residence. There was no separate schedule for American Indians. Enumerators collected the following information from residents, organized by column:

  1. Street of person's place of abode

    Enumerators were to write the name of the street vertically in the column, so that they only had to write it once for all of the enumerated persons living on that street
  2. House number or farm
  3. Number of dwelling house in order of visitation by enumerator
  4. Number of family in order of visitation by enumerator
  5. Name
  6. Relationship to head of family
  7. Is the person's home owned or rented?
  8. If owned, is it owned freely or mortgaged?
  9. Sex
  10. Color or race

    Enumerators were to enter "W" for White, "B" for Black, "Mu" for mulatto, "Ch" for Chinese, "Jp" for Japanese, "In" for American Indian, or "Ot" for other races.
  11. Age at last birthday
  12. Single, married, widowed, or divorced?

    Enumerators were to enter "S" for single, "Wd" for widowed, "D" for divorced, "M1" for married persons in their first marriage, and "M2" for those married persons in their second or subsequent marriage.
  13. Year of immigration to the United States
  14. Is the person naturalized or alien?
  15. If naturalized, what was the year of naturalization?
  16. Did the person attend school at any time since September 1, 1919?
  17. Can the person read?
  18. Can the person write?
  19. Person's place of birth
  20. Person's mother tongue
  21. Person's father's place of birth
  22. Person's father's mother tongue
  23. Person's mother's place of birth
  24. Person's mother's mother tongue
  25. Can the person speak English?
  26. Person's trade or profession
  27. Industry, business, or establishment in which the person works
  28. Is the person an employer, a salary or wage worker, or working on his own account?
  29. If the person is a farmer, what is the farm's identification number on the corresponding farm schedule?

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