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History of the Census in Germany

Our timeline gives you an overview of former population censuses in Germany. Please click on the individual years on top to learn more about the respective census and selected results.

Population censuses in Germany

The 1871 Population Census

1871

After the German Empire had been founded, the administration needed precise population data. Therefore, the first population census was held on 1 December 1871. 41.1 million people were registered.

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