After some give and take on this census, the number of questions dropped back under 30 to 29.
- the mother of how many children and how many living questions were removed
- nativity was expanded to include “Mother Tongue” of the person and each parent of the person; the year of naturalization question also resurfaced
- the did you work questions were eliminated
- “Farm or House” deleted
The number of questions again climbed over 30 to 32.
- Home Data section expanded to question the value of the home if owned or the monthly rent if not and whether or not they had a radio set
- “Age at first marriage” added
- Nativity section modified in that the “Mother Tongue” questions for the father and mother of the person were removed. Census takers were to “See Instructions for additional entries required for certain countries”
- “Mother Tongue” still asked if the person was foreign born
- a two-question “Veterans” section added
- highest grade of school completed added
- residence as of 1 April 1935 added
- two-question “Income in 1939” section added
Here ends my analysis of U.S. Federal Census evolution.
It seems the instrument originally used to determine taxation and representation evolved into a social statistics survey.
I wonder why the 1890 was the only one labeled as such?