Census Records

Archival photo showing a group of buildings in a neighborhood, labelled Del Norte, Colorado, looking East.

About Census Records

A census is far more than a simple enumeration of an area's population. It can be an excellent resource for genealogists, historians, and sociologists as they document vital statistics as well as the history of social change.

How to Find Information

General Census Records for Colorado

The 1885 Colorado State Census is available on microfilm at the Colorado State Archives. All Federal Censuses have been digitized and are available through the National Archives and Records Administration at the link below.


The specific questions asked by census takers varied from decade to decade and as such each enumeration provides different information. Click on the links below for a list of what information was recorded in each census, as well as other information.

Note: The 1880 Census is the first to use the "Soundex", four-character phonetic index. Learn how to look up names using the "Soundex".

Special/Unique Census Records

Native American / Indian Census Rolls (1885-1944)

To Request a Record

To search our records, please see Archives Search.

To request a record from the Archives, please submit a formal request.