The Qualitative Changes in Georgetown’s Population

Yesterday, GM traced the quantitative changes in Georgetown’s population over the years. During his research, he was browsing the 1940 Census population schedules. Specifically, he looked up who was living on his block in 1940. And they point to some equally significant qualitative changes in the population.

In 1940, in GM’s house there lived Jack and Doris Dickerson with three of their children and a nephew. Jack was a caretaker at the National Cathedral. He made $935 a year. That is the equivalent of approximately $59,000 in today’s money.

Nowadays the block is occupied mostly by lawyers or other white collar workers. But in 1940 it had:

  • plumbing estimator & foreman (he was positively rolling in it at $3,300 a year)
  • apprentice plumber
  • helper at a metal sign factory
  • information clerk at the Bureau of Printing and Engraving
  • proprietor of a book shop
  • clerk for the Works Progress Association
  • waitress
  • machine operator at a paper mill
  • taxicab driver
  • elevator operator at a hospital
  • a streetcar motorman
  • private U.S. Army
  • baker at a pie bakery
  • sales girl at department store
  • fitter at a gas company
  • gas station attendant
  • upholster at a hotel
  • dairy plant worker


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