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1940 Census Number:   132,164,569

1940 Census Data

  • Place of residence
  • Name of each person at residence
  • Relationship of each person to head of household
  • Home data
    - Owned or rented
    - Value of home or monthly rental
    - Does family own a farm
  • Personal Description
    - Sex
    - Color or race
    - Age at last birth
    - Marital condition (Single, Married, Widowed, Divorced)
    - Age at first marriage
  • Education
    - Attended school within the year
    - Language or dialect spoken  (before coming to US)
    - Highest grade of school completed
  • Place of Birth
    - Each person and his or her parents birthplace
    - If United States give State or Territory
    - If foreign birth give country in which birthplace is now situated
  • Citizenship
    - Year of immigration into the United States
    - Naturalization
    - Ability to speak English
  • Occupation & Industry
    - Trade or profession,  type of work done
    - Industry or business
    - Class of worker
  • Employed (Yes/No)
  • Veterans
    - What war or expedition
  • Income
    - Wages/Salary
    - Income not from wages/salary

1940 Census Day:  April 1, 1940

1940 Census duration:  1 month

1940 Census Geography

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  • 48 States
  • Territories – Alaska, Hawaii, American Samoa, the Canal Zone, Guam, Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands

1940 Facts

  • Find out about the release of the 1940 Census records on findmypast.com
  • President during the census:  Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Franklyn D. Roosevelt wins his third Presidential election on November 5, 1940
  • The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is dedicated September 2, 1940
  • US occupies Iceland, attempting to thwart a potential invasion by Nazi Germany on July 7, 1941
  • Japanese warplanes attack Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941