Deciphering Miscellaneous Codes Appended to the 1950 Census in One Step

Stephen P. Morse, PhD  &  Joel D. Weintraub, PhD

The codes that appear in the various lettered columns of the 1950 U.S. Census have been summarized in a Census Bureau publication which appears on the IPUMS website . These codes were put on the census pages well after the enumeration was done, and therefore provide no additional information. However, sometimes knowing the code can help you determine the information in cases where the quality of the microfilm is poor or the handwriting of the enumerator is difficult to read.

To decipher the information, enter the codes from the appropriate census column into the boxes below.


Column A: relationship to head of household


Column B: birthplace


Column C: occupation/industry -- see Deciphering 1950 Occupation Codes in One Step

Column D: residence in 1939 (codes not yet available)


Column E: Parents' country of birth


Column F: Income received by person


Column G: Income received by relatives in household -- same encoding as in column F

Column H: Veteran (codes not yet available)


Data presented here comes from
Census of Population 1950: Public Use Microdata Sample .

© Stephen P. Morse, 2016