Volunteers are busy ensuring that information about the 1950 U.S. Census indexed by computers is complete and accurate. By participating, you are helping people to discover details about their family that have been hidden for 72 years.

What can I find in the 1950 Census?

Among the details you can find about your ancestors are basics like their age in 1950, their address, sex, race, and if they were married. You may also find out what they did for a living.


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Many of the areas enumerated in the 1950 U.S. Federal Census can now be browsed for free on FamilySearch.


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About the 1950 Census

On April 1, 2022, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) made population records from the 1950 Census available to the public for the first time. 

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The Census Bureau conducts the decennial census—the once-a-decade population and housing count of everyone living in the United States. For 72 years, personal census responses are confidential. Once a census is final and results are issued, the Census Bureau transfers the records to NARA. NARA is then responsible for storing and protecting all census records before releasing them to the public after 72 years.

1950 Census Historical Facts


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

The 1950 Census

Cost per Capita (cents)60.4
Total Pages in Published Reports61,700
Number of Enumerators142,962
Census Bureau DirectorRoy Victor Peel
Number of Questions on the QuestionnaireN/A
Number of Questions on the Long FormN/A

10 Largest Urban Places

1New York City, NY7,891,957
2Chicago, IL3,620,962
3Philadelphia, PA2,071,605
4Los Angeles, CA1,970,358
5Detroit, MI1,849,568
6Baltimore, MD949,708
7Cleveland, OH914,808
8St. Louis, MO856,796
9Washington, DC802,178
10Boston, MA801,444

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