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Historical Census Records of Ethnic Groups in Los Angeles County
1850 to 1960

Census Year

Total Population White Black Chinese Indian Japanese Filipino Others

1850

3,530 3,518 12 --- --- --- --- ---

1860

11,333 11,246 87* 11 2,014 --- --- ---

1870

15,309 14,720 134 234 219 2 --- ---

1880

33,381 31,707 188 1,169 316 1 --- ---

1890

101,454 95,033 1,817 4,424 144 36 --- ---

1900

170,298 163,975 6,323 --- --- --- --- ---

1910

504,131 483,478 9,424 ** ** ** ** 11,229

1920

936,455 894,507 18,738 ** ** ** ** 23,210

1930

2,208,492 1,949,882 46,425 ** ** ** ** 212,185

1940

2,785,643 2,660,042 75,209 ** ** ** ** 50,392

1950

4,151,687 3,877,944 217,881 ** ** ** ** 55,862

1960

6,039,834 5,453,866 461,546 19,286 8,109 77,314 12,122 6,528

* black & mulatto
** Numbers included under OTHERS column

Source: University of Virginia Geospatial & Statistical Data Center

 

In 1850, the U.S. Census recorded 12 free blacks, 8 Jews and 2 Chinese residing in Los Angeles County.

 

 

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