1990 United States Census

The Twenty-first United States Census, conducted by the Census Bureau, determined the resident population of the United States to be 248,709,873, an increase of 9.8 percent over the 226,545,805 persons enumerated during the 1980 Census.

Approximately 16 percent of households received a "long form" of the 1990 census, which contained over 100 questions. Full documentation on the 1990 census, including census forms and a procedural history, is available from the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series.

It was the first census to designate "Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander" as a racial group separate from Asians.

To increase black participation in the 1990 United States Census, the bureau recruited Bill Cosby, Magic Johnson, Alfre Woodard, and Miss America Debbye Turner as spokespeople. The Integrated Public Use Microdata Series. Aggregate data for small areas, together with electronic boundary files, can be downloaded from the National Historical Geographic Information System. ≠

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External links

  • U.S. Census Bureau 1990 Census page
  • Historic US Census data
  • 1991 U.S Census Report Contains 1990 Census results
  • Booknotes interview with Sam Roberts on Who We Are: A Portrait of America, June 19, 1994.
  • step-by-step how to analyze the 1990 US Census Public Use Microdata Sample (PUMS) with free tools website

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