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1920 United States Census Questions

Answers to the questions for the 1920 census records were to be based on the status of households on January 1, 1920.


Column Question
1 street, avenue, road, etc.
2 house number or farm, etc.
3 number of dwelling house in order of visitation
4 number of family in the order of visitation
5 name of each person (surname, given name, middle initial) whose place of abode on January 1, 1920, was in this family. Include every person living on January 1, 1920, and omit any children born since January 1, 1920.
6 relationship of this person to head of the family
7 home owned or rented
8 home owned free or mortgaged
9 sex
10 color or race
11 age at last birthday
12 single, married, widowed, or divorced
13 year of immigration to the US
14 naturalized or alien
15 if naturalized, year of naturalization
16 attended school any time since September 1, 1919
17 able to read
18 able to write
19 birthplace of this person; US state or territory, or country for foreign-born
20 mother tongue of this person if foreign-born
21 birthplace of father
22 mother tongue of father
23 birthplace of mother of this person
24 mother tongue of mother
25 able to speak English
26 trade or profession, or particular kind of work done by this person as spinner, salesman, riveter, etc.
27 industry, business, or establishment in which at work as cotton mill, dry goods store, shipyard, public school, etc.
28 employer, salary or wage worker, or working on own account
29 number of farm schedule

The 1920 census includes all of what are now the 50 US states, as well as Military and Naval Forces, the Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. It also included, for the first time, American Samoa, Guam, and the Panama Canal Zone.

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