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Find more Wise 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 31 more people named Wise 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 37,347 people named Wise in the 1930 U.S. Census. In 1940, there were 0% more people named Wise in the United States. What was life like for them?

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In 1940, 37,378 people named Wise were living in the United States. In a snapshot:

  • 54%, or 5,032 people, lived in homes they rented
  • 31% were children
  • Most common occupation was salesman
  • 5,588 adults were unmarried

Learn where they came from and where they went.

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

  • 1,504 were born in foreign countries
  • Most mothers originated from Pennsylvania
  • They most commonly lived in Illinois
  • The most common mother tongue was German