The 1920 US Census

The 1920 US census took place as of January 1, 1920. It included all of the United States, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia.

US states and territories as of 1920
Source: Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain.
US map 1920

Questions on the 1920 Census

The questions asked on the 1920 US census did not vary much from those on the 1910 census. The questions asked were as follows:

    Location
  • Address;
  • house number or farm;
  • dwelling number;
  • number of family in order of visitation;
  • Name of each person whose place of abode was in this family on January 1, 1920
  • Relation

  • relationship to head of family;
  • Tenure

  • Home owned or rented
  • If owned, free or mortgages
  • Personal description

  • gender;
  • color or race;
  • age at last birthday;
  • whether single, married, widowed, or divorced;
  • Citizenship

  • year of immigration to the United States;
  • whether naturalized or alien;
  • if naturalized, year of naturalization;
  • Education

  • Attended school any time since Sept 1, 1919;
  • Able to read;
  • Able to write;
  • Nativity and mother tongue

  • place of birth and mother tongue
  • father's place of birth and mother tongue;
  • mother's place of birth and mother tongue;
  • Occupation

  • Whether able to speak English;
  • trade, profession or kind of work done;
  • industry, business or establishment of work done;
  • employer, salary or wage worker, or working on own account;
  • No. of farm schedule

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