The 1950 US Census

Harry S. Truman was president, the post-WWII economic boom was in full swing, New York was the most populous state, Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts first appeared in seven newspapers, and the total US population barely exceeded 150M for the first time at 150,697,361. It was a 14.5% increase over the 1940 population, but less than half the 2020 population of 331,449,281. By now you certainly know that images of the Federal Census for that year will be released to the public for the first time on April 1st. Also for the first time, an Optical Character Recognition (OCR)-generated electronic index will be available from Day One.

The National Archives has a page dedicated to the 1950 Census, where links to the census images, electronic index, and a download of the full 1950 Census dataset will appear April 1st. Images and the index will appear shortly later on FamilySearch and Ancestry, but the National Archives will be the first place to see them.

Between now and April 1st, you can explore several of the National Archives’ related pages to prepare. See the links below, along with a few descriptions of what you’ll find on some of those pages:

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