Questions Asked • Census Resources • Unique Features • Historical Considerations • States Covered
The 1830 census was taken over a period of one year, beginning on June 1, 1830. It collected similar information to past census periods, along with some new questions introduced for the first time.
This was the first census to list categories for persons who were “aliens.” This information can be useful to point you in the direction of court records pertaining to naturalization. Other new questions included a category for persons who were deaf, dumb or blind. This information could lead you to important institutional records.
Click to View Sample from US 1830 Census of Putnam County, GA
The first family would have been recorded in June 1, 1830 and the last on June 1.1831. The numbers shown in the categories did not distinguish between who was family and any others who were in the household such as relatives, friends, employees, visitors, boarders, servants.
No matter when the census taker came, he was to record who was in the house as of June 1, 1830. If a child was born after this date they were not to be counted. If a person died before this date, they were not to be counted. It is very probable the census taker just recorded who was there the day they arrived.
1830 Census Birth year reference chart
ge calculated as of June 1, 1830 and does not allow for the 12 month variance.
|Under 5 years (0-4)
|5 & under 10 (5-9)
|10 & under 15 (10-14)
|15 & under 20 (15-19)
|20 & under 30 (20-29)
|30 & under 40 (30-39)
|40 & under 50 (40-49)
|50 & under 60 (50-59)
|60 & under 70 (60-69)
|70 & under 80 (70-79)
|80 & under 90 (80-89)
|90 & over 100 (90 to 99)
|100 & over (100+)
||1730 and Before
Questions Asked in the 1830 Census
Some of the questions answered by the 1830 census included:
- Name of the head of the family
- Number of males and females
- Between 5 and 10 years of age
- Between 10 and 15
- Between 15 and 20
- Between 20 and 30
- Between 30 and 40
- Between 40 and 50
- Between 50 and 60
- Between 60 and 70
- Between 70 and 80
- Between 80 and 90
- Between 90 and 100
- Over 100 years of age
- Number of slaves
- Number of aliens, or foreigners not naturalized
1830 Census Resources
You may find the following resources helpful in your research of the 1830 census data.
1830 United States Federal Census database
details those persons enumerated in the 1830 United States Federal Census, the Fifth Census of the United States. In addition, the names of those listed on the population schedule are linked to the actual images of the 1830 Federal Census, copied from the National Archives and Records Administration microfilm, M19, 201 rolls.
Each name is associated with two images as the 1830 census schedule was two pages long.
Download Free a US 1830 Census Extract Form
which allows you to read column headings and record information from the 1830 US Census.
Unique Features of the 1830 Census
The 1830 census was the first census that was recorded in a uniform way. For the first time, forms were provided to each of the enumerators by the US government. Therefore, it is much easier to compare and contrast the data in the 1830 census than it is to do the same tasks using older census records.
The Question Of Age
The 1830 census broke down age groups of free white males and females in an interesting way. They were categorized by age in 5-year increments up until the age of 20. Then they were categorized in 10-year increments until age 100. There was also a category for anyone over the age of 100.
One of the advantages of this unique breakdown of ages is that it became possible to better judge the total life span and average life span of people living at that time.
Historical Considerations of the 1830 Census
When you are searching for an individual in the 1830 census, you should be aware that it was possible for several families to have the same name at the time. Also, names were not always spelled correctly. The census information can help you to identify common misspellings and separate one family’s information from another family’s information.
Slaves and Free African Americans
“Free men of color” were listed as heads of households, and their other family members may be traceable using tax records and other records from the time. If you are looking for information about a slave, that slave will be listed under the slaveholder’s name on the census records.
Interesting facts about the 1830 census
- Andrew Jackson is President during census.
- The U.S. population increased by 33.5 percent from the 1820 census to the 1830 census.
- 1830 census took approximately $379,000 and 1,519 enumerators to complete the 1830 census, producing a total of 214 pages in published reports.
- First census when the government provided pre-printed forms.
- Enumerators were asked to send the original or a copy to Washington.
- First census that includes Florida.
- The 1830 censuses were public meaning they were posted publicly so those included on the census could, if they could read, view and catch omissions and errors.
- Baltimore edges out Philadelphia by 158 to claim the spot as the second largest city in the US with a population of 80,620. New York City with a population of 202,589 is by far the largest.
Historical events surrounding the 1830 US Census
- December 10, 1830 – Poet Emily Dickinson is born in Amherst MA.
- January 10, 1835 – The first attempted assassination of a US President (Andrew Jackson) fails when the assailants gun misfires.
- February 23 to March 6, 1836 – The Battle of the Alamo.
- May 10, 1837 – Panic of 1837 begins after months of increasing inflation and shrinking credit and causing widespread bank failures and unemployment.
- July 2, 1839 – 57 Africans mutiny aboard the ship La Amistad while en route to Cuba.
States Covered in the 1830 Census
The 1830 Census recorded information from 24 states and 4 territories. The new state of Missouri was included, as well as the Arkansas Territory, Michigan Territory (inc. Wisconsin & Minnesota areas), Oregon Territory and Florida Territories.
The 24 states included in the 1830 Census were Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia and the District of Columbia.
What was lost from the 1830 U.S. Census?
Some County wide losses in Indiana (missing Wabash county), Massachusetts, Maryland (missing Montgomery, Prince George’s, Queen Ann’s, St. Mary’s, and Somerset counties), and Mississippi (missing Pike county)
Although the original data is lost, there are ongoing efforts to reproduce the 1830 Census for the missing states by using local county records such as tax lists, oaths of allegiance, land entities, militia lists, petitions, road records, and other sources. These types of records are also known as census substitutes.