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Find more Hess relatives and grow your tree by exploring billions of historical records. Taken every decade since 1790, the U.S. Federal Census can tell you a lot about your family. For example, from 1930 to 1940 there were 2,156 less people named Hess in the United States — and some of them are likely related to you.

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What if you had a window into the history of your family? With historical records, you do. From home life to career, records help bring your relatives' experiences into focus. There were 34,543 people named Hess in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 6% less people named Hess in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 32,387 people named Hess were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • 48%, or 3,946 people, lived in homes they rented
  • 4,102 owned their homes, valued on average at $3,512
  • 31,351 rented out rooms to boarders
  • For 16,239 females, Helen was the most common name

Learn where they came from and where they went.

As Hess families continued to grow, they left more tracks on the map:

  • 2,284 were born in foreign countries
  • 5,400 migrated within the United States from 1935 to 1940
  • 20% were first-generation Americans
  • Most mothers originated from Pennsylvania