Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Indiana in the 1940 Census

The 1940 U.S. Federal Census will be released to the public on Monday, April 2, 2012. The digitized images will be available for free at http://1940census.archives.gov.

Here are some quick facts about Indiana in 1940:
--The population of the United States in 1940 was 132,164,569.
--3,458,567 people across the country listed Indiana as their birth place.
--The population of Indiana was 3,427,796, an increase of 5.8% from 1930.

In Indiana:
--There were 1,725,201 males and 1,1702,595 females.
--1,887,712 people lived in urban areas and 1,540,084 lived in rural areas.
--2,597,509 people were born and lived in Indiana in 1940.
--712,438 people lived in Indiana in 1940 but were born in another state.
--110,992 people lived in Indiana in 1940 but were born in another country.

--681,167 pupils attended school, 59% of children aged 5 to 24.
--1,151,703 people were employed and in the work force.

Within Indiana the top countries of birth outside the United States were:
  • Germany: 18,784 people
  • Poland: 14,257 people
  • Italy: 6,309 people
  • Czechoslovakia: 5,782 people
  • Canada: 5,588 people
  • England: 5,562 people
  • Yugoslavia: 5,342 people

How are we going to find our relatives among almost 3 and a half million people in Indiana in 1940? Join with the Indiana Genealogical Society and other genealogy societies and organizations to make a free index to the 1940 census. Learn more about how you can help IGS at http://indgensoc.blogspot.com/2012/03/join-igs-in-indexing-1940-census.html.

Information gathered from http://www.census.gov/prod/www/abs/decennial/1940.html

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