Historical census of agriculture.

If you’re like me, you often need to know things like what percentage of the population was rural circa 1914. Thankfully, the USDA has made available PDFs of the decennial census of agriculture from 1840 to 1950, and the Census Bureau has an even more complete set. Watch out — these are some big PDFs!

(By the way, 54 percent of Americans lived in rural areas as of the 1910 census.)

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