Exploring Occupations in the Census

What kinds of stories might the 1847 data allow us to tell? Students took the occupation column in order to begin exploring what kinds of occupations were most common among recorded genders in households surveyed as well as how those map onto labor categories.

Occupation Data Bar Graph

This chart graphs the top 15 most common jobs among males and females surveyed in the 1847 census. Hover over each bar to see the frequency count for males and females for each occuption. Click on each gender in the legend to hide those bars. This provides a broad overview of the occupation data.

15 Most Common Jobs in Philadelphia's 1847 Census

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other common "occupations"

Occupation Data Bar Graph by Category

This chart graphs the most common jobs (15 at most) for males and females, respectively, in each of 8 job categories. Hover over each bar to see the frequency count for each occupation. Click on each gender in the legend to hide those bars. This visualization breaks up the many jobs into more comprehensible categories for comparison.

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