1940 Census Individual Records Released

Posted to Data Sources  |  Tags:  |  Nathan Yau

The 72-year mark has arrived, and the United States Census released individual records from 1940 yesterday. So you can now, for example, see that J.D. Salinger lived at 1133 Park Avenue.


  • The thing that bothers me about this infographic is that the 1940 Census actually has seven race categories–see the IPUMS codebook here: http://usa.ipums.org/usa-action/variables/RACE#codes_section–so that the comparison between 1940 and 2010 is somewhat misleading. That’s not to say that the U.S. is not more diverse now that 60 years ago–it clearly is–but the comparison actually ignores (and does not footnote) additional information.

  • “We”? What “we”? There’s no”we” at all, no more. What you try to represent in an aseptic way is, clearly put, the demographic displacement of white americans, i.e., euroamericans. The “proposition nation” propagandist meme is driving white americans to self destruction. Welcome to reality, ethno-masochists, white-haters, xenomaniacs and other tyrants: we won’t stay silent no more.

  • Lucky or un-lucky me. I was able to track down the ED number for my grandparents street in St. Louis in 1940. The street was there – but – the census takers only did one side of the street and not the side my grandparents lived on. Oh and I did look at many previous and post ED numbers to see if they got on a different sheet, but no luck. I guess no one is perfect.


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