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

1950 Census 1960 Census
TOTAL POPULATION 775,357 100.0% TOTAL POPULATION 740,316 100.0%
In households 698,176 90.0% In households 713,321 96.4%
In group quarters 26,995 3.6%
  
RACE RACE
Native white 573,495 74.0% White 604,403 81.6%
Foreign-born white 120,393 15.5%
Negro 43,502 5.6% Negro 74,383 10.0%
Other races 37,967 4.9% Other races 2,226 0.3%
Indians 331 0.0% Indian 1,068 0.1%
Japanese 5,579 0.7% Japanese 9,464 1.3%
Chinese 24,813 3.2% Chinese 36,445 4.9%
Filipino 12,327 1.7%
  
WHITE PERSONS OF SPANISH SURNAME 31,433 4.1% WHITE, SPANISH SURNAME 51,602 7.0%
  
PLACE OF BIRTH
    Native 597,785 80.7%
    Foreign born 142,531 19.3%
  
SEX SEX
Male 389,866 50.3% Male 363,424 49.1%
Female 385,491 49.7% Female 376,892 50.9%
 
AGE AGE
Under 5 years 62,921 8.1% Under 5 years 58,851 7.9%
5 to 17 years 96,160 12.4% 5 to 17 years 122,296 16.5%
18 to 64 years 542,226 69.9% 18 to 64 years 465,561 62.9%
65 years and over 74,050 9.6% 65 years and over 93,608 12.6%
Median age 36.2 X Median age 37.3 X
  
HOUSEHOLDS HOUSEHOLDS
Total household 259,055 100.0%    
    Families 182,027 100.0%
    With own children under 18 79,615 43.7%
Persons per household 2.70 X Population per household 2.44 X
  
HOUSING OCCUPANCY HOUSING OCCUPANCY
All dwelling units 265,726 100.0% All housing units 310,559 100.0%
Occupied dwelling units 257,734 97.0% All occupied units 291,975 94.0%
Owner occupied 94,594 36.7% Owner occupied 102,182 35.0%
Renter occupied 163,140 63.3% Renter occupied 189,793 65.0%
Vacant 7,312 2.8% Vacant 18,584 6.0%
Median value of 1-unit structures dollars 11,927 X Median value dollars 17,300 X
Median gross rent dollars 41 X Median gross rent dollars 73 X
  
INCOME IN 1949 INCOME IN 1959
Families median income dollars 3,923 X Families median income dollars 6,717 X
  
YEARS OF SCHOOL COMPLETED YEARS OF SCHOOL COMPLETED
Population 25 years and over 538,380 100.0% Population 25 years and over 491,732 100.0%
High school 4 years 149,825 27.8% High school 4 years 132,826 27.0%
College 4 years or more 44,350 8.2% College 4 years or more 54,346 11.1%
  
MEANS OF TRANSPORTATION TO WORK
All workers 336,596 100.0%
Private automobile or car pool 132,245 39.3%
Railroad, subway or elevated 244 0.1%
Bus or streetcar 123,698 36.7%
Walked to work 36,295 10.8%
Other means 4,646 1.4%
Worked at home 16,243 4.8%
Not reported 23,225 6.9%
  
MAJOR OCCUPATION GROUP OCCUPATION
Employed 330,616 100.0% Employed 331,156 100.0%
Professional, technical, and kindred 35,915 10.9% Professional, technical, and kindred 40,446 12.2%
Farmers and farm managers 348 0.1% Farmers and farm managers 344 0.1%
Managers, officials, and propr's exc. farm 36,939 11.2% Managers, officials, and propr's exc. farm 28,510 8.6%
Clerical and kindred 72,841 22.0% Clerical and kindred 79,268 23.9%
Sales 30,355 9.2% Sales 25,219 7.6%
Craftsmen, foremen, and kindred 40,863 12.4% Craftsmen, foremen, and kindred 32,838 9.9%
Operatives and kindred 44,186 13.4% Operatives and kindred 38,161 11.5%
Private household workers 6,847 2.1% Private household workers 6,946 2.1%
Service workers, except private household 40,269 12.2% Service workers, except private household 39,286 11.9%
Farm laborers 415 0.1% Farm laborers and farm foremen 392 0.1%
Laborers, except farm and mine 17,628 5.3% Laborers, except farm and mine 14,148 4.3%
Occupation not reported 4,010 1.2% Occupation not reported 25,598 7.7%
  
CLASS OF WORKER
Self-employed 29,065 8.8%
 
                Source: 1950-1960 Census, DOF Research

Decennial Census data
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