of the United States
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|Date taken||January 5, 1920|
|Most populous state|| New York |
|Least populous state|| Nevada |
The United States Census of 1920, conducted by the Census Bureau one month from January 5, 1920, determined the resident population of the United States to be 106,021,537, an increase of 15.0 percent over the 92,228,496 persons enumerated during the 1910 Census.
Despite the constitutional requirement that House seats be reapportioned to the states respective of their population every ten years according to the census, members of Congress failed to agree on a reapportionment plan following this census, and the distribution of seats from the 1910 census remained in effect until 1933. In 1929, Congress passed the Reapportionment Act of 1929 which provided for a permanent method of reapportionment and fixed the number of Representatives at 435.
This was the first census in which a state – New York – recorded a population of more than ten million.
The 1920 census collected the following information:
Full documentation for the 1920 census, including census forms and enumerator instructions, is available from the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series.
|Rank||State||Population as of|
|Population as of|
|1||10,385,227||9,113,614||1,271,613 ||14.0% |
|2||8,720,017||7,665,111||1,054,906 ||13.8% |
|3||6,485,280||5,638,591||846,689 ||15.0% |
|4||5,759,394||4,767,121||992,273 ||20.8% |
|5||4,663,228||3,896,542||766,686 ||19.7% |
|6||3,852,356||3,366,416||485,940 ||14.4% |
|7||3,668,412||2,810,173||858,239 ||30.5% |
|8||3,426,861||2,377,549||1,049,312 ||44.1% |
|9||3,404,055||3,293,335||110,720 ||3.4% |
|10||3,155,900||2,537,167||618,733 ||24.4% |
|11||2,930,390||2,700,876||229,514 ||8.5% |
|12||2,895,832||2,609,121||286,711 ||11.0% |
|13||2,632,067||2,333,860||298,207 ||12.8% |
|14||2,559,123||2,206,287||352,836 ||16.0% |
|15||2,416,630||2,289,905||126,725 ||5.5% |
|16||2,404,021||2,224,771||179,250 ||8.1% |
|17||2,387,125||2,075,708||311,417 ||15.0% |
|18||2,348,174||2,138,093||210,081 ||9.8% |
|19||2,337,885||2,184,789||153,096 ||7.0% |
|20||2,309,187||2,061,612||247,575 ||12.0% |
|21||2,028,283||1,657,155||371,128 ||22.4% |
|22||1,798,509||1,656,388||142,121 ||8.6% |
|23||1,790,618||1,797,114||-6,496 ||-0.4% |
|24||1,769,257||1,690,949||78,308 ||4.6% |
|25||1,752,204||1,574,449||177,755 ||11.3% |
|26||1,683,724||1,515,400||168,324 ||11.1% |
|27||1,463,701||1,221,119||242,582 ||19.9% |
|28||1,449,661||1,295,346||154,315 ||11.9% |
|29||1,380,631||1,114,756||265,875 ||23.9% |
|30||1,356,621||1,141,990||214,631 ||18.8% |
|31||1,296,372||1,192,214||104,158 ||8.7% |
|32||968,470||752,619||215,851 ||28.7% |
|33||939,629||799,024||140,605 ||17.6% |
|34||783,389||672,765||110,624 ||16.4% |
|35||768,014||742,371||25,643 ||3.5% |
|36||646,872||577,056||69,816 ||12.1% |
|37||636,547||583,888||52,659 ||9.0% |
|38||604,397||542,610||61,787 ||11.4% |
|39||548,889||376,053||172,836 ||46.0% |
|40||449,396||373,351||76,045 ||20.4% |
|41||443,083||430,572||12,511 ||2.9% |
|–||437,571||331,069||106,502 ||32.2% |
|42||431,866||325,594||106,272 ||32.6% |
|43||360,350||327,301||33,049 ||10.1% |
|44||352,428||355,956||-3,528 ||-1.0% |
|45||334,162||204,354||129,808 ||63.5% |
|–||255,881||191,874||64,007 ||33.4% |
|46||223,003||202,322||20,681 ||10.2% |
|47||194,402||145,965||48,437 ||33.2% |
|48||77,407||81,875||-4,468 ||-5.5% |
|–||55,036||64,356||-9,320 ||-14.5% |
|United States Territories|
|Year of conquest or purchase||Territory||Population|
|1903||Panama Canal Zone||N/A|
|1916||US Virgin Islands||N/A|
|01||New York||New York||5,620,048||Northeast|
|14||Washington||District of Columbia||437,571||South|
|22||Jersey City||New Jersey||298,103||Northeast|
|57||Salt Lake City||Utah||118,110||West|
The original census enumeration sheets were microfilmed by the Census Bureau in the 1940s; after which the original sheets were destroyed.(dead link). The microfilmed census is available in rolls from the National Archives and Records Administration. Several organizations also host images of the microfilmed census online, and digital indices.
Microdata from the 1920 census are freely available through the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series. Aggregate data for small areas, together with electronic boundary files, can be downloaded from the National Historical Geographic Information System.
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