Monday, April 02, 2012

National Archives Release 1940 Census

Want to find out what the United States was really like in 1940?  The National Archives released 1940 Census data today.  Fox News gives a snapshot of information available:

The Census Bureau paints the picture of a very different country -- sample professions in 1940 included frame spinners and rivet heaters.
In 1940, there were 5.1 million farmers. Today there are 613,000.
Several famous names are among those still alive today who were counted in 1940, including Clint Eastwood and Morgan Freeman.

For a little context, the attack on Pearl Harbor occurred Dec. 7, 1941. 

 Ernster, the Virtual Library Cat

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