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1960 Census of Population: Subject Reports: Sources and Structure of Family Income

Report Number PC(2)-4C

Income in 1959 of Families and Individuals, by Source, Number of Earners in Family, Etc.

The final reports of the 1960 Population Census are arranged in three volumes and a joint Population-Housing series of census tract reports. Volume II (Series PC(2) reports) are Subject Reports. Each report concentrates on a particular subject. Detailed information and cross-relationships are generally provided on a national and regional level. In a few reports, data for States or standard metropolitan statistical areas are also shown.

This report, designated as PC(2)-4C, provides detailed cross-classifications of data from the 1960 Census on the income in 1959 of families and persons by their social and economic characteristics, for the United States, regions, and type of residence. The statistics are based on a 5-percent sample of the population.

Major emphasis is placed on the composition of family income and the major sources of this income, i.e., wages and salaries, self-employment, and other income. The tables for persons present information on the contribution to family income of the head, wife, children, and older family members and show mean incomes for occupation groupings cross-classified by industry groupings, color, and sex. A table is included comparing wage or salary income distributions for 1939, 1949, and 1959.

The PDF to the right contains the Title Page, Preface, Acknowledgments, Final Reports (list), Contents, Introduction and Tables 1 – 9 (page 137).

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.


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