Calvin Beale

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Calvin Beale
Calvin Beale.jpg
Born (1923-06-06)June 6, 1923
Washington, D.C.
Died September 2, 2008(2008-09-02) (aged 85)
Washington, D.C.
Known for Demographer

Calvin Lunsford Beale (6 June 1923 – 2 September 2008) was an American demographer who specialized in rural population trends. He first identified a reverse in population decline in some rural areas, and his work led to development of the Beale code for categorizing rural development.

Life and career[edit]

He was born in Northeast Washington, D.C. on June 6, 1923. He graduated from Eastern High School and the Wilson Teachers College.[1]

Calvin Beale's 1998 photograph of the Oneida County Courthouse in Rome, New York (1851). Beale took hundreds of courthouse photographs during his long career as a demographer.

After earning a master's degree in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, he worked for 50 years at the United States Department of Agriculture.[2][3] In addition to his work as a demographer, Beale is noted for his many photographs of county courthouses from around the United States taken during his travels.[4]

Beale died of colon cancer in Washington, D.C..[1]


  1. ^ a b Schudel, Matt (September 14, 2008). Demographer Looked Past the Numbers To Discover the Heart of the Heartland. Washington Post
  2. ^ Barringer, Felicity (September 2, 2008). Calvin L. Beale, Demographer With a Feel for Rural America, Dies at 85. New York Times
  3. ^ Wildman Jim (September 20, 2008). Traveling The Rural Road With Calvin Beale. National Public Radio
  4. ^ "Beale's county courthouse photo archive". United States Department of Agriculture - Economic Research Service. October 31, 2008. [permanent dead link]

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