Click to View Sample from US 1940 Census of Dawson County, TX
Urbanization – The 1940 census recorded the urbanization of America with great detail. One question asked where the person lived 5 years prior and whether or not it was on a farm. Workers were categorized by occupation, industry, and class. Perhaps one of the most revealing indications of urbanization was the recording of persons who lived in “hotels, tourist or trailer camps, missions, and cheap one-night lodging houses (flophouses).”
Women – Women were given more attention in the 1940 census. The enumerators asked women if they had been married more than one time, their age at their first marriage, and how many times they had given birth.