1920 US Census 14th United States Census
1920 Census Geography
- 48 States participated in the 1920 census
- New States: Arizona and New Mexico
- Participating territories: Alaska, Hawaii,
American Samoa, the Canal Zone, Guam,
Puerto Rico and Virgin Islands
Information requested for the 1920 Census
- Relationship to head of the family
- Sex, color, race, age
- Is the person single, married, widowed, or divorced?
- State or country of birth and mother tongue
- Mother and father’s place of birth and each mother tongue
- Year of immigration to the United States
- Naturalized or an alien?
- If Naturalized, year of naturalization
- Trade, profession, or occupation
- General nature of the industry, business, or establishment of occupation
- Is the person an employer, employee, or working on his own account?
- Has the person attended school at any time since September, 1919?
- Is the person's home owned or rented?
- Is the person's home owned free or mortgaged?
1920 Census Quick Facts
- It took $25,117,000, approximately 87,234 enumerators and 14,550 published reports to complete the 1920 US census
- The US population increased by 15 percent from the 1910 census to the 1920 census.
Historical Events Surrounding 1920 Census
- August 18, 1920: The 19th Amendment to the US Constitution is ratified allowing women the right to vote.
- The Treaty of Versailles, signed in 1919, determined post-war borders from Europe to the Middle East, established the League of Nations and punished Germany with reparations and loss of territory
- F. Scott Fitzgerald published The Great Gatsby in 1925
- The first collection of stories by A.A. Milne featuring Winnie-the-Pooh was published in 1925
- The 18th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified in 1919 banning the manufacture and sale of “intoxicating liquors”
- The Jazz age peaks in 1927 with the selling of 100 million phonograph records