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1890 census sized up our state, cities for first time | Taking Stock


Last updated 5/3/2017 at Noon

The Census of 1890 was the first for Washington after gaining statehood. Washington had been admitted to the Union less than seven months before as the 42nd state. Washington was the 34th most populous state, and the most populous in the Northwest.

Washington had a population of 357,232. Oregon had 317,704 people. Montana had 142,924. Idaho, Wyoming and Alaska weren’t yet states.

California had a population of 1,213,398 – the 22nd largest in the United States, and the largest in the West. California also had the largest city in the West: San Francisco, which was the eighth largest in t...

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