The 1940 Census of Guemes Island

The sixteenth census of the United States found 233 people living on Guemes Island, 30 fewer than in 1930 but more than in 1960 and 1970. The Census Bureau data is very detailed - names, birthplaces and occupations. Most islanders were farmers. Many were fishermen. Some were laborers with the W.P.A.  A number of their descendants are still here, as well as a few hardy souls who were named and counted in 1940. As you look at the reported incomes, remember that the median yearly income for a man in 1940 was $956. [View The 1940 Census of Guemes Island] 5MB PDF   *   [2010 Census of Guemes Island]

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