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Education codes in U.S. Census of 1940

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David Allen Lambert

David Allen Lambert
NEHGS Online Genealogist

Question:  Can you tell me why my grandfather who graduated High School is only listed as 4th grade on the Census of 1940?


Answer: Your grandfather's entry you sent me reflects "H-4" which is four years of High School.  At the bottom of the census page you will find a key to the numbers:




None = 0

Elementary School, 1st to 8th grade = 1,2, etc., to 8.

High School, 1st to 4th year = H-1, H-2, H-3, H-4.

College, 1st to 4th year = C-1, C-2, C-3, C-4

College, 5th or subsequent year = C-5

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