CLEVELAND - A blast from the past, when Ohio was one of the states with the largest percentage of people. The National Archives and Records Administration released the 1940 census data for the first time electronically.
The records are a snapshot of America in 1940, when the U.S. population was roughly 132 million people.
The largest percentage of the population during that time was in New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois and California.
Here are some highlights from the newly released digitized census :
-The average monthly rent in an urban area nationwide was $30.83
- Cleveland was the 6th largest city in the country
- Cleveland's population in 1940 was 878,330.
The records were made public on Monday thanks to a federal law that allows records to be released after 72 years have passed.
The Western Reserve Historical Society Research Center can help people who want to research through the archives of the 1940 U.S. census data.