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Decennial Census data
      1860-1940  |   1950-1960  |   1970-1990  |   2000-2010

1950 Census 1960 Census
TOTAL POPULATION 298,984 100.0% TOTAL POPULATION 409,030 100.0%
    In households 405,333 99.1%
In group quarters 3,697 0.9%
  
RACE RACE
Native white 254,322 85.1% White 378,888 92.6%
Foreign-born white 19,235 6.4%
Negro 22,023 7.4% Negro 25,294 6.2%
Other races 3,404 1.1% Other races 275 0.1%
Indians 247 0.1% Indian 447 0.1%
Japanese 1,417 0.5% Japanese 1,886 0.5%
Chinese 438 0.1% Chinese 1,006 0.2%
Filipino 1,234 0.3%
  
WHITE PERSONS OF SPANISH SURNAME 14,968 5.0% WHITE, SPANISH SURNAME 24,854 6.1%
  
PLACE OF BIRTH
    Native 385,821 94.3%
    Foreign born 23,209 5.7%
  
SEX SEX
Male 158,411 53.0% Male 204,148 49.9%
Female 140,573 47.0% Female 204,882 50.1%
 
AGE AGE
Under 5 years 41,199 13.8% Under 5 years 48,720 11.9%
5 to 17 years 60,372 20.2% 5 to 17 years 115,228 28.2%
18 to 64 years 185,236 62.0% 18 to 64 years 222,503 54.4%
65 years and over 12,177 4.1% 65 years and over 2,579 5.5%
Median age 26.9 X Median age 27.7 X
  
HOUSEHOLDS HOUSEHOLDS
Total household 83,414 100.0%    
    Families 104,972 100.0%
    With own children under 18 68,790 65.5%
Persons per household 3.35 X Population per household 3.44 X
  
HOUSING OCCUPANCY HOUSING OCCUPANCY
All dwelling units 90,641 100.0% All housing units 124,279 100.0%
Occupied dwelling units 83,371 92.0% All occupied units 117,858 94.8%
Owner occupied 46,067 55.3% Owner occupied 85,690 72.7%
Renter occupied 37,304 44.7% Renter occupied 32,168 27.3%
Vacant 6,901 7.6% Vacant 6,421 5.2%
Median value of 1-unit structures dollars 9,658 X Median value dollars 14,600 X
Median gross rent dollars 33 X Median gross rent dollars 77 X
  
INCOME IN 1949 INCOME IN 1959
Families median income dollars 3,808 X Families median income dollars 7,327 X
  
YEARS OF SCHOOL COMPLETED YEARS OF SCHOOL COMPLETED
Population 25 years and over 161,020 100.0% Population 25 years and over 216,660 100.0%
High school 4 years 45,185 28.1% High school 4 years 64,271 29.7%
College 4 years or more 14,050 8.7% College 4 years or more 27,411 12.7%
  
MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION TO WORK
All workers 140,761 100.0%
Private automobile or car pool 116,318 82.6%
Railroad, subway or elevated 33 0.0%
Bus or streetcar 6,037 4.3%
Walked to work 6,762 4.8%
Other means 3,098 2.2%
Worked at home 3,716 2.6%
Not reported 4,797 3.4%
  
MAJOR OCCUPATION GROUP OCCUPATION
Employed 97,610 100.0% Employed 142,569 100.0%
Professional, technical, and kindred 10,675 10.9% Professional, technical, and kindred 21,910 15.4%
Farmers and farm managers 1,235 1.3% Farmers and farm managers 887 0.6%
Managers, officials, and propr's exc. farm 9,619 9.9% Managers, officials, and propr's exc. farm 14,214 10.0%
Clerical and kindred 12,207 12.5% Clerical and kindred 20,841 14.6%
Sales 7,534 7.7% Sales 12,018 8.4%
Craftsmen, foremen, and kindred 18,490 18.9% Craftsmen, foremen, and kindred 23,415 16.4%
Operatives and kindred 18,369 18.8% Operatives and kindred 23,173 16.3%
Private household workers 1,750 1.8% Private household workers 2,957 2.1%
Service workers, except private household 7,274 7.5% Service workers, except private household 9,833 6.9%
Farm laborers 1,748 1.8% Farm laborers and farm foremen 1,346 0.9%
Laborers, except farm and mine 7,945 8.1% Laborers, except farm and mine 6,674 4.7%
Occupation not reported 764 0.8% Occupation not reported 5,301 3.7%
  
CLASS OF WORKER
Self-employed 12,743 8.9%
  
Census Data for the year:
1940 Total population 100,450
1930 Total population 78,608
1920 Total population 53,889
1910 Total population 31,674
1900 Total population 18,046
1890 Total population 13,515
1880 Total population 12,525
1870 Total population 8,461
1860 Total population 5,328
 
                Source: 1950-1960 Census, DOF Research

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