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Discover the 1940s.
All states, all territories, all 132 million people.

Things have changed since the 1940s.

Catch a glimpse of what life was like in the years after the
Great Depression with these statistics pulled from the 1940 Census.


The average annual income

Popular baby names

Barbara, Robert, Patricia, James, Mary, and John


The going rate for a typical home

Top two occupations

“Laborer” and “farmer”

Most common surnames

Smith, Johnson, Brown, Williams, and Jones

What was happening in the U.S. in 1940?

From sea to shining sea—and beyond—we’ve found interesting and surprising facts about
the states and territories from the 1940s era. Click on a location to learn more.

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