1950 Census Press Kit

1950 Census logoOn April 1, 2022, the National Archives released the 1950 Census (kept confidential for 72 years) online at See the press release. Anyone, anywhere can search freely—experienced researchers, genealogy buffs, and novices! 

Speak with a trusted expert: Are you a member of the media who is covering the release of the 1950 census records? Upon request, we can share a list of historians, genealogists, and archivists who can provide you with more information for your coverage. Email:

Attention Producers: You can download free footage for your coverage of our 1950 Census launch.

1950 Census Release: What's Old?

  • Outlined in the Constitution and taken every 10 years since 1790, the census is used to define “We the People" by providing a snapshot of the nation's population.

1950 Census Release: What’s New?

  • First time using optical character recognition/artificial intelligence (OCR/AI) for handwriting recognition
  • First time using a transcription tool to improve the name index
  • First chance to download the entire census in bulk
  • First time releasing the census during a pandemic
  • First 1950 Census National Archives Genealogy Series on our YouTube channel

Getting Started

Visual Resources

NARA Blog Posts

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Door-to-door census-taking, April 1950.

Posts from NARA's Experts

View all the 1950 Census posts on History Hub

Useful Links

U.S Census Bureau Resources

Selected Photographs of the 1950 Census