The 1990 census asked only seven population and seven housing questions.
A sample of respondents received the "long form," which included 23
more population inquiries. The 1990 census collected the following information,
listed by question number:
The following questions were asked of all respondents:
- Relationship to person in column 1
- Age and year of birth
- Marital Status
- Is this person on Hispanic or Spanish origin?
The following questions were asked of a sample of respondents:
- In what U.S. State or foreign country was this person born?
- Is this person a citizen of the United States?
- If this person was not born in the United States, when did this
person come to the United States to stay?
- At any time since February 1, 1990, has this person attended regular
school or college?
- How much school has this person completed?
- What is this person's ancestory or ethnic origin?
- Did this person live in this house or apartment 5 years ago?
- If no, where did this person live 5 years ago?
- Does this person speak a language other than English at home?
- If yes, what is this language?
- If yes, how well does this person speak English?
- Has this person ever been in active-duty military service in
the Armed Forces of the United States or ever been in the United
States military Reserves or the National Guard?
- If on active-duty, was it during:
- September 1980 or later
- May 1975 to August 1980
- Vietnam era (August 1964 - April 1975)
- February 1955 - July 1964
- Korean conflict (June 1950 - January 1955)
- World War II (September 1940 - July 1947)
- World War I (April 1917 - November 1918)
- Any other time
- In total, how many years of active-duty military service has
this person had?
- Does this person have a physical, mental, or other health condition
that has lasted for six or more months and which-
- Limits the kind or amount of work this person can do at a job?
- Prevents this person from working at a job?
- Because of a health condition that has lasted for 6 or more months,
does this person have any difficulty-
- Going outside the home alone, for example, to shop or visit
a doctor's office?
- Taking care of his or her own personal needs, such as bathing,
dressing, or getting around inside the home?
- If this person is female, how many babies has she ever had, not
- Did this person work last week?
- If yes, how many hours did this person work last week?
- At what location did this person work last week?
- How did this person usually get to work last week?
- Car, truck, or van
- Bus or trolley bus
- Streetcar or trolley car
- Subway or elevated
- Walked only
- Worked at home
- If the person used a car, truck, or van, how many people, including
this person, usually rode to work in the same vehicle last week?
- What time did this person usually leave home to go to work last
- How many minutes did it usually take this person to get from
home to work last week?
- If this person did not work last week, was he temporarily absent
or on layoff from a job or business last week?
- Has this person been looking for work during the last four weeks?
- If yes, could this person have taken a job last week if one
had been offered?
- When did this person last work, even for a few days?
- Industry or Employer
- From whom did this person work?
- What kind of business or industry was this?
- Is this job mainly...
- Wholesale trade
- Retail trade
- What kind of work was this person doing?
- What were this person's most important activities or duties?
- Was this person-
- Employee of a private for profit company, business, or individual,
for wages, salary, or commissions
- Employee of a private not-for-profit, tax-exempt, or charitable
- Local government employee
- State government employee
- Federal government employee
- Self-employed in own not incorporated business
- Self-employed in own incorporated business
- Working without pay in family business or farm
- Last year (1989), did this person work, even for a few days,
at a paid job or in a business or farm?
- If yes, how many weeks did this person work in 1989?
- During the weeks worked in 1989, how many hours did this person
usually work each week?
- Income in 1989-
- Wages, salary, commissions, bonuses, or tips from all jobs
- Self-employment income from own non-farm business, including
proprietorship and partnership
- Farm self-employment income
- Interest, dividends, net rental income or royalty income, or
income from estates and trusts
- Social Security or Railroad Retirement
- Supplemental Security (SSI), Aid to Families with Dependent
Children (AFDC), or other public assistance or public welfare
- Retirement, survivor, or disability pensions
- Any other sources of income received regularly such as Veterans'
(VA) payments, unemployment compensation, child support, or alimony
- What was this person's total income in 1989?