Censuses are a vital resource to historians not only in United States history, but places around the globe. Unfortunately, it has always been a largely debated concept in history as those in power worried about who to include in the surveys. This is the reason I chose to focus on native born white census date, because this is the only group that I can be sure were always included in the data because these were the people in power. I thought this would also be an interesting way to look at immigration in the United States by seeing the level of increase in population of natural born white, which then calculates the increase in the parent generation settling in the United States.
The results of my analysis show that in the census of 1890, out of the 26 states in the Union at the time, the results between male and female population numbers was extremely close, most states with slightly more men then female. Another interesting detail from this graph is the high population overall of native born whites in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and New York.
In the census of 1920 Pennsylvania and New York had two of the highest native-born white population again, along with Illinois having exponentially higher numbers. The difference in population between the men and women was very close to being the same as the previous census, almost even in most states and slightly higher women in the high population states. The major difference in this census was that in 30 years, the population of native born white people in the United States over doubled in major states like Pennsylvania.
After doing this project, I think I could have gotten more use out of the program with a little more time and practice. I was not super comfortable with using the software, but the visual representation of the information was super helpful in the data analysis part of this assignment. I can definitely see this being a useful tool in future school and employment opportunities.