Germans in Kansas 1870-1900:
US Census Maps of the Major Immigration Period


When looking at census data, it is important to understand the challenges in making language use assumptions today based on these old maps. For more information on the methodology used for determining census questions and caveats on trying to interpret results, see Gillian Stevens,A Century of U.S. Censuses and the Language Characteristics of Immigrants , Demography, Vol. 36, No. 3 (Aug., 1999), pp. 387-397.

For each census year, the questions related to foreign birth or language use are listed.


1870 Census - German Percentage of the Aggregate Population

Place of Birth, Naming the State, Territory, or Country
Father of Foreign born.
Mother of Foreign born.

German Distribution in Kansas 1870 Census
IIIIIIIV
1-4%4-8%8-15%15-25%

1880 Census - German Percentage of the Aggregate Population

Place of Birth of this person, naming State or Territory of United States, or the Country if of foreign birth.
Place of Birth of the father of this person, naming State or Territory of United States, or the Country if of foreign birth.
Place of Birth of the mother of this person, naming State or Territory of United States, or the Country if of foreign birth.

German Distribution in Kansas 1880 Census
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under .2%.2-.5%.5-1.5%1.5-3%3-6%6-10%

1890 Census - Germanic Percentage of the Aggregate Population

Place of birth.
Place of birth father.
Place of birth of mother.

Able to speak English. If not,the language or dialect spoken.

Germanic Groups Distribution in Kansas 1890 Census
IIIIIIIVV
under 1%1-4%4-8%8-15%15-25%

1900 Census - German Percentage of the Aggregate Population

Place of birth of each person and parents of each person enumerated. If born in United States, give state or territory. If foreign birth, give the country:
     Place of birth of this person.
     Place of birth of Father of this person.
     Place of birth of Mother of this person.
Year of immigration to the U.S.
Number of years in the U.S.

Can speak English

Germanic Groups Distribution in Kansas 1890 Census
under 2 per sq mileunder 1%1-4%4-8%8-15%

Census maps are available at the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection

Last updated on March 7, 2010.