1990 United States Census

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Twenty-first Census
of the United States
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General information
Country United States
Date taken April 1, 1990
Total population 248,709,873
Percent change Increase 9.8%
Most populous state California
29,760,021
Least populous state Wyoming
453,588

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.[1]

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.[2] 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. Personally identifiable information will be available in 2062.[3]

State rankings[edit]

Rank
State
Population as of
1980 Census
Population as of
1990 Census
Change
Percent
change
1  California 23,669,000 29,760,021 Increase 6,092,257 Increase 25.7%
2  New York 17,557,000 17,990,455 Increase 433,455 Increase 2.5%
3  Texas 14,228,000 16,986,510 Increase 2,758,510 Increase 19.4%
4  Florida 9,739,000 12,937,926 Increase 3,198,926 Increase 32.8%
5  Pennsylvania 11,867,000 11,881,643 Increase 14,643 Increase 0.12%
6  Illinois 11,419,000 11,430,602 Increase 11,602 Increase 0.1%
7  Ohio 10,797,000 10,847,115 Increase 50,115 Increase 0.4%
8  Michigan 9,259,000 9,295,297 Increase 36,297 Increase 0.39%
9  New Jersey 7,364,000 7,730,188 Increase 366,188 Increase 4.97%
10  North Carolina 5,874,000 6,628,637 Increase 754,637 Increase 12.8%
11  Georgia 5,464,000 6,478,216 Increase 1,014,216 Increase 18.5%
12  Virginia 5,346,000 6,187,358 Increase 841,358 Increase 15.7%
13  Massachusetts 5,737,000 6,016,425 Increase 279,425 Increase 4.87%
14  Indiana 5,491,000 5,544,159 Increase 53,159 Increase 0.96%
15  Missouri 4,917,000 5,117,073 Increase 200,073 Increase 4.0%
16  Wisconsin 4,706,000 4,891,769 Increase 185,769 Increase 3.9%
17  Tennessee 4,591,000 4,877,185 Increase 286,185 Increase 6.2%
18  Washington 4,130,000 4,866,692 Increase 736,692 Increase 17.8%
19  Maryland 4,216,000 4,781,468 Increase 565,468 Increase 13.4%
20  Minnesota 4,077,000 4,375,099 Increase 298,099 Increase 7.3%
21  Louisiana 4,203,000 4,219,973 Increase 16,973 Increase 0.4%
22  Alabama 3,891,000 4,040,587 Increase 149,587 Increase 3.8%
23  Kentucky 3,661,000 3,685,296 Increase 24,296 Increase 0.66%
24  Arizona 2,718,000 3,665,228 Increase 947,228 Increase 34.8%
25  South Carolina 3,119,000 3,486,703 Increase 367,703 Increase 11.7%
26  Colorado 2,890,000 3,294,394 Increase 404,394 Increase 14.0%
27  Connecticut 3,107,000 3,287,116 Increase 180,116 Increase 5.8%
28  Oklahoma 3,026,000 3,145,585 Increase 119,585 Increase 3.9%
29  Oregon 2,632,000 2,842,321 Increase 210,321 Increase 8.0%
30  Iowa 2,914,000 2,776,755 Decrease -137,245 Decrease -4.7%
31  Mississippi 2,520,000 2,573,216 Increase 53,216 Increase 2.1%
32  Kansas 2,363,000 2,477,574 Increase 114,574 Increase 4.8%
33  Arkansas 2,285,000 2,350,725 Increase 65,725 Increase 2.9%
34  West Virginia 1,950,000 1,793,477 Decrease -156,523 Decrease -8.0%
35  Utah 1,461,000 1,722,850 Increase 261,850 Increase 17.9%
36  Nebraska 1,570,000 1,578,385 Increase 8,385 Increase 0.53%
37  New Mexico 1,299,000 1,515,069 Increase 216,069 Increase 16.6%
38  Maine 1,125,000 1,227,928 Increase 102,928 Increase 9.1%
39  Nevada 799,000 1,201,833 Increase 402,833 Increase 50.4%
40  New Hampshire 921,000 1,109,252 Increase 88,252 Increase 20.4%
41  Hawaii 985,000 1,108,229 Increase 123,229 Increase 12.5%
42  Idaho 945,000 1,006,749 Increase 61,749 Increase 6.5%
43  Rhode Island 948,000 1,003,464 Increase 55,464 Increase 5.85%
44  Montana 787,000 799,065 Increase 12,065 Increase 1.5%
45  South Dakota 690,000 696,004 Increase 6,004 Increase 0.87%
46  Delaware 596,000 666,168 Increase 70,168 Increase 11.7%
47   North Dakota 654,000 638,800 Decrease -15,200 Decrease -2.3%
 District of Columbia 638,000 606,900 Decrease -31,100 Decrease -4.9%
48  Vermont 512,000 562,758 Increase 50,758 Increase 9.9%
49  Alaska 400,000 550,043 Increase 150,043 Increase 37.5%
50  Wyoming 471,000 453,588 Decrease -17,412 Decrease -3.7%
   United States 226,545,805 248,709,873 22,164,068 9.8%

City rankings[edit]

Top five[edit]

Rank
City
Population as of
1980 Census
Population as of
1990 Census
Change
Percent
change
1  New York, NY 7,071,639 7,322,564 Increase 250,925 Increase 3.5%
2  Los Angeles, CA 2,966,850 3,485,398 Increase 518,548 Increase 17.5%
3  Chicago, IL 3,005,072 2,783,726 Decrease -221,346 Decrease -7.4%
4  Houston, TX 1,595,138 1,630,553 Increase 35,415 Increase 2.2%
5  Philadelphia, PA 1,688,210 1,585,577 Decrease -102,633 Decrease -6.1%

Top 100[edit]

Rank City State Population[4] Region (2016)[5]
01 New York New York 7,322,564 Northeast
02 Los Angeles California 3,485,398 West
03 Chicago Illinois 2,783,726 Midwest
04 Houston Texas 1,630,553 South
05 Philadelphia Pennsylvania 1,585,577 Northeast
06 San Diego California 1,110,549 West
07 Detroit Michigan 1,027,974 Midwest
08 Dallas Texas 1,006,877 South
09 Phoenix Arizona 983,403 West
10 San Antonio Texas 935,933 South
11 San Jose California 782,248 West
12 Baltimore Maryland 736,014 South
13 Indianapolis Indiana 731,327 Midwest
14 San Francisco California 723,959 West
15 Jacksonville Florida 635,230 South
16 Columbus Ohio 632,910 Midwest
17 Milwaukee Wisconsin 628,088 Midwest
18 Memphis Tennessee 610,337 South
19 Washington District of Columbia 606,900 South
20 Boston Massachusetts 574,283 Northeast
21 Seattle Washington 516,259 West
22 El Paso Texas 515,342 South
23 Cleveland Ohio 505,616 Midwest
24 New Orleans Louisiana 496,938 South
25 Nashville-Davidson Tennessee 488,374 South
26 Denver Colorado 467,610 West
27 Austin Texas 465,622 South
28 Fort Worth Texas 447,619 South
29 Oklahoma City Oklahoma 444,719 South
30 Portland Oregon 437,319 West
31 Kansas City Missouri 435,146 Midwest
32 Long Beach California 429,433 West
33 Tucson Arizona 405,390 West
34 St. Louis Missouri 396,685 Midwest
35 Charlotte North Carolina 395,934 South
36 Atlanta Georgia 394,017 South
37 Virginia Beach Virginia 393,069 South
38 Albuquerque New Mexico 384,736 West
39 Oakland California 372,242 West
40 Pittsburgh Pennsylvania 369,879 Northeast
41 Sacramento California 369,365 West
42 Minneapolis Minnesota 368,383 Midwest
43 Tulsa Oklahoma 367,302 South
44 Honolulu Hawaii 365,272 West
45 Cincinnati Ohio 364,040 Midwest
46 Miami Florida 358,548 South
47 Fresno California 354,202 West
48 Omaha Nebraska 335,795 Midwest
49 Toledo Ohio 332,943 Midwest
50 Buffalo New York 328,123 Northeast
51 Wichita Kansas 304,011 Midwest
52 Santa Ana California 293,742 West
53 Mesa Arizona 288,091 West
54 Colorado Springs Colorado 281,140 West
55 Tampa Florida 280,015 South
56 Newark New Jersey 275,221 Northeast
57 Saint Paul Minnesota 272,235 Midwest
58 Louisville Kentucky 269,063 South
59 Anaheim California 266,406 West
60 Birmingham Alabama 265,968 South
61 Arlington Texas 261,721 South
62 Norfolk Virginia 261,229 South
63 Las Vegas Nevada 258,295 West
64 Corpus Christi Texas 257,453 South
65 St. Petersburg Florida 238,629 South
66 Rochester New York 231,636 Northeast
67 Jersey City New Jersey 228,537 Northeast
68 Riverside California 226,505 West
69 Anchorage Alaska 226,338 West
70 Lexington-Fayette Kentucky 225,366 South
71 Akron Ohio 223,019 Midwest
72 Aurora Colorado 222,103 West
73 Baton Rouge Louisiana 219,531 South
74 Stockton California 210,943 West
75 Raleigh North Carolina 207,951 South
76 Richmond Virginia 203,056 South
77 Shreveport Louisiana 198,525 South
78 Jackson Mississippi 196,637 South
79 Mobile Alabama 196,278 South
80 Des Moines Iowa 193,187 Midwest
81 Lincoln Nebraska 191,972 Midwest
82 Madison Wisconsin 191,262 Midwest
83 Grand Rapids Michigan 189,126 Midwest
84 Yonkers New York 188,082 Northeast
85 Hialeah Florida 188,004 South
86 Montgomery Alabama 187,106 South
87 Lubbock Texas 186,206 South
88 Greensboro North Carolina 183,521 South
89 Dayton Ohio 182,044 Midwest
90 Huntington Beach California 181,519 West
91 Garland Texas 180,650 South
92 Glendale California 180,038 West
93 Columbus Georgia 178,681 South
94 Spokane Washington 177,196 West
95 Tacoma Washington 176,664 West
96 Little Rock Arkansas 175,795 South
97 Bakersfield California 174,820 West
98 Fremont California 173,339 West
99 Fort Wayne Indiana 173,072 Midwest
100 Arlington Virginia 170,936 South

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Population and Area (Historical Censuses)" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Archived (PDF) from the original on June 24, 2008. Retrieved June 20, 2008. 
  2. ^ Brown, Frank Dexter (February 1990). "The 1990 Census: Will Blacks Be Counted Out?". Black Enterprise. Earl G. Graves, Ltd. 20 (7): 195. ISSN 0006-4165. Retrieved July 29, 2011. 
  3. ^ PIO, US Census Bureau, Census History Staff,. "The "72-Year Rule" - History - U.S. Census Bureau". www.census.gov. Retrieved 2015-10-26. 
  4. ^ Population of the 100 Largest Cities and Other Urban Places in the United States: 1790 to 1990, U.S. Census Bureau, 1998 
  5. ^ "Regions and Divisions". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved September 9, 2016. 

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