Estimated Population of American Colonies, 1630-1780
Source: Bureau of the Census, U.S. Dept. of Commerce
from 1998 World Almanac and Book of Facts, pg. 378
(in thousands)
                     
Colony 1780 1770 1750 1740 1720 1700 1690 1670 1650 1630
                     
Total (copied) 2780.4 2148.1 1170.8 905.6 466.2 250.9 210.4 111.9 50.4 4.6
Total (recomputed) 2780.2 2148.1 1170.8 905.7 466.2 251.0 210.2 111.9 50.3 4.7
                     
Maine (counties)(1) 49.1 31.3             1.0 0.4
New Hampshire(2) 87.8 62.4 27.5 23.3 9.4 5.0 4.2 1.8 1.3 0.5
Vermont(3) 47.6 10.0                
Plymouth and Massachusetts(1,2,4) 268.6 235.3 188.0 151.6 91.0 55.9 56.9 35.3 15.6 0.9
Rhode Island(2) 52.9 58.2 33.2 25.3 11.7 5.9 4.2 2.2 0.8  
Connecticut(2) 206.7 183.9 111.3 89.6 58.8 26.0 21.6 12.6 4.1  
New York(2) 210.5 162.9 76.7 63.7 36.9 19.1 13.9 5.8 4.1 0.4
New Jersey(2) 139.6 117.4 71.4 51.4 29.8 14.0 8.0 1.0    
Pennsylvania(2) 327.3 240.1 119.7 85.6 31.0 18.0 11.4      
Delaware(2) 45.4 35.5 28.7 19.9 5.4 2.5 1.5 0.7 0.2  
Maryland(2) 245.5 202.6 141.1 116.1 66.1 29.6 24.0 13.2 4.5  
Virginia(2) 538.0 447.0 231.0 180.4 87.8 58.6 53.0 35.3 18.7 2.5
North Carolina(2) 270.1 197.2 73.0 51.8 21.3 10.7 7.6 3.8    
South Carolina(2) 180.0 124.2 64.0 45.0 17.0 5.7 3.9 0.2    
Georgia(2) 56.1 23.4 5.2 2.0            
Kentucky(5) 45.0 15.7                
Tennessee(6) 10.0 1.0                
                     
                     
(1) For 1660-1750, Maine counties are included with Massachusetts. Maine was part of Massachusetts until it became a separate state in 1820.                    
(2) One of the original 13 states.                    
(3) admitted to statehood in 1791.                    
(4) Plymouth became a part of the Province of Massachusetts in 1691.                    
(5) Admitted to statehood in 1792.                    
(6) Admitted to statehood in 1796.                    
                     
Note: Please advise merrill@crocker.com if you discover these data at the Census Bureau web site or in another official location.                    

Last Updated on 2/5/98
By Deane Merrill
Email: merrill@crocker.com