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1960 Census: Population, Supplementary Reports: Birthplace and Country of Origin

Report Number PC(S1)-28

The tables presented here are preprints of tables 161, 162, and 271 from Final Report PC(l)-lD, which contains additional summary information on the detailed characteristics of the population.

Nineteen out of every twenty of the 179.3 million persons in the United States at the time of the 1960 Census were born in this country. Of the 169.6 million natives, 119.3 million, or 70 percent, were living in their State of birth and 45.8 million were living in another State. An additional 1.1 million were classified as native because they were born in an outlying area of the United States.

Reflecting the decline in the volume of immigration since the outbreak of World War I, the average age of the foreign-born population was much higher than that of the native population. The foreign-born had a median age of 57.2 years, or more than twice that of the native population, whose median age was 27.8.

The PDF to the right contains the 6-page report.

A Note on Language

Census statistics date back to 1790 and reflect the growth and change of the United States. Past census reports contain some terms that today’s readers may consider obsolete and inappropriate. As part of our goal to be open and transparent with the public, we are improving access to all Census Bureau original publications and statistics, which serve as a guide to the nation's history.

Page Last Revised - October 8, 2021
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