Population Changes

Use census data from 1790-1940 to describe changes in the composition, distribution, and density of the American population and analyze their causes, including immigration, the Great Migration, and urbanization.

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Learning Activity

Our focus is on population changes - size, location, composition, distribution, and density.1890_Population_3.jpg Choose a partner. Choose a decade. Each file linked below represents Census data collected for that year. Open and study your decade's Census data.
1790
1800
1810
1820
1830
1840
1850
1860
1870
1880
1890
1900
1910
1920
1930
1940


On a large sheet of paper, draw the information you found. Do you have any information about the composition, distribution, and density? Make a map of the U.S. that shows the U.S. described on your sheet. We'll compare this to other decades/maps tomorrow (that gives a hint about a due date).