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So what's new on the 1940 census? Questions about income were added, as well as details about employment. For a country recovering from an economic disaster, information about who was employed and how was particularly relevant. An added line ("Residence, April 1, 1935") may help trace relatives who were on the move looking for work during the Depression. Supplementary questions were asked of a 5 percent sample of the population; this included questions that in 1930 were asked of everyone, such as parents' place of birth, mother tongue, and veteran status. For married women, the supplementary section asked new questions about whether she has been married more than once, her age at first marriage, and number of children born. Finally, the 1940 census was the first to designate a specific night for counting transients (April 8-9).
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