- 1820 US Census Date: (All reported data is “as of” this official date chosen by the census agency)
- August 7, 1820
- 1820 Census Duration:
- 13 months
- 1820 US Census Population:
- President During 1820 Census:
- James Monroe
1820 US Census 4th United States Census
Information requested for the 1820 Census
- Name of the head of the family head/ head of household
- Number of free white males and females broken down into age categories:
- Under age 10
- Age 10-16
- Age 16-18
- Age 16-26
- Age 26-45
- Age 45 and up
- Number of foreigners not naturalized
- Number of persons engaged in agriculture
- Number of persons engaged in commerce
- Number of persons engaged in manufacture
- Number of free persons except Indians not taxed
- Number of slave owner and number of slaves
- County and district or town of household
- Number of male and female slaves under 14
- Number of male and female slaves age 14-26
- Number of male and female slaves age 26-45
- Number of male and female slaves age 45 and up
- Number of free male and female colored persons under 14
- Number of free male and female colored persons age 14-26
- Number of free male and female colored persons age 26-45
- Number of free male and female colored persons age 45 and up
- Number of all other persons except Indians not taxed
What was lost from the 1820 Census?
While the problem of losing census records was improved by 1820, the 1820 census records for Arkansas Territory, Missouri Territory and New Jersey were lost. Some 1820 census records were lost for counties in Alabama and eastern counties of Tennessee. Some 1820 census records were lost of counties in Maine but were found in the late 20th century.
1820 Census Quick Facts
Of the 7,239,881 people living in the United States in 1810, 1,130,781 were slaves.
It took $209,000, approximately 1,188 enumerators and 288 published reports to complete the 1820 census.
The US population increased by 33.1 percent from the 1810 census to the 1820 census.
Historical Events Surrounding 1820 Census
August 4, 1821: The Saturday Evening Post is published for the first time as a weekly newspaper.
December 20, 1820: Missouri imposes a $1 bachelor tax on unmarried men between the ages 21 and 50.
November 26, 1825: The first college social fraternity, Kappa Alpha, is formed at Union College, Schenectady, New York.
March 30, 1822: Florida is purchased from Spain and becomes an official territory of the United States.