Historical Census Records
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.