Explore the 1900 United States census and find out more about your ancestors.
1900 US Census Date: June 1, 1900 (All reported data is “as of” this official date chosen by the census agency)
1900 Census Duration: 1 month
1900 US Census Population: 76,212,168
President During 1900 Census: William McKinley
45 States participated in1900 census. New States in 1900 census: Utah. Participating territories: Arizona, New Mexico Montana, Alaska, Oklahoma, Hawaii.
1900 Census Data: 12th United States Census
Because of the loss of the 1890 census, genealogists consider the 1900 US census as the most valuable of all the US censuses, providing information for a 20 year gap of missing data.
It took $11,547,000, approximately 46,408 enumerators and 26,408 published reports to complete the 1900 census.
The US population increased by 25.5 percent from the 1890 census to the 1900 census.
Information requested for the 1900 US Census
Individual resident Questions:
Number of persons in this family
Christian name in full and middle initial and surname
Soldier, sailor or marine during Civil War or the widow of one?
Relationship to head of family
Race, Sex, Age
How children was the person a mother of and how many are living
Birth place and complete birthday (day, month, year)
Mother and father’s place of birth
Naturalized? What year?
Profession, trade or occupation?
Number of months employed or attended school in the past year
English speaking? What language if not?
Suffering from acute chronic disease? Name of disease and length of time?
Defective mind, sight, hearing or speech? Name of defect?
Prisoner, convict, homeless child or pauper?
Indian Population Questions: * Indian name
Tribe of this person
Mother and Father’s tribe(s)
Fraction of person’s lineage that is white
Is this person living in polygamy?
Is this person Taxed?
Has this person acquired American citizenship and allotted land from the federal government?
Is this person’s house movable or fixed?
No major loss of records for the 1900 census.
Famous people in history: Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright shaped American architecture combining elegance with technological advances, and creating environments which supported the family as well as complimented the natural surroundings. Some of his best residential work was built during the turn of the 20th century while he lived in the Chicago suburb of Oak Park, IL.
Born just two years after the US Civil War in 1867, Wright crafted 1,100 designs that changed the way architecture was incorporated into nature and our daily lives. The 16-year project for the Guggenheim Museum located in New York City is a testament to his commitment to his adventurous design esthetic. Frank Lloyd Wright would die the same year before the museum was completed in 1959. Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1900 US Census while living in Illinois with his first wife.
Historical Events Surrounding 1900 US Census
February 14, 1903: the U.S. Census Bureau - Historical Events Surrounding 1900 Census
September 6, 1901: President William McKinley is assassinated and Vice President Theodore Roosevelt is sworn in as president of the United States later that day.
December 17, 1903: The Wright brothers are the first to fly a controlled, powered sustained flight airplane in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina
February 12, 1909: The NAACP was formed
Henry Ford starts to build the Model T in 1903, paving the way for the US automobile industry and setting standards for factory protocol still used today
The Lincoln Head penny was put into circulation by the US Mint in 1909
Please note that the terms used in historical records reflect attitudes and language at the time and may now be considered derogatory or offensive.
Researchers may use the Race field to find those individuals identified in the transcripts as ‘black’, ‘negro’, or ‘mulatto’. Note that we have standardised the spelling of ‘mulatto’, which is spelt in various different ways in the original records. The original records contain all three of the foregoing terms and, while the distinction between black and mulatto is generally adhered to, sometimes the terms are used interchangeably – the same man may be described as mulatto and black/negro in different records.
Not all black or mulatto individuals are described as such – sometimes the records (or the transcripts) are silent in this respect. Therefore, if you find a man by searching, without a name, for the search term “mulatto”, for instance, you would then want to repeat your search under his name, removing the search term “mulatto”, to fetch all possible references to him.