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How many heavy industrial factories did the US have in 1960? This would include all vehicle factories (car, train, bulldozer, marine vessels, aircraft). It would also include steelmaking and other metallurgy plants, oil refineries, and anything in the military industrial complex. There may be other types I haven't thought of.

Estimates are fine as long as they're sourced. Google did not help me on this, I'm afraid, but I'm sure someone somewhere has compiled a good estimate on this sort of thing.

EDIT: I don't understand the downvotes. Can someone explain what is wrong with this question or how it can be better? To me, the lack of data on the heavy industry, precisely during the heyday of the heavy industry (1960), makes this a good and interesting question.

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  • What sort of answer do you hope to get? A simple figure backed up by some sort of industrial census or a list of industrial corporations? – NSNoob May 27 '16 at 10:57
  • I doubt this is answerable in a useful way. Who would have collected such info in 1960? Would they have retained it? Would it be on paper? Would they have categorised it the way you want? – RedGrittyBrick May 27 '16 at 10:57
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    @DrZ214, you can get the complete compiled stats of American industry from Census Bureau Website but filtering heavy industry from those excel sheet and finding data for 1960 is going to take a lot of hardwork. The oldest data they have is from 1992 I believe. – NSNoob May 27 '16 at 11:01
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    @RedGrittyBrick The government would keep records. Also, why wouldn't they want to keep information on this?? – Hefewe1zen May 28 '16 at 17:18
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    @Hefew1zen. Sure, I imagine that the local or state government would have paper records for tax purposes. I don't know that the Federal govt would need to collate and categorize nationally, or a good reason for a later Fed govt agency to digitize and make public. It would be nice if I were wrong. – RedGrittyBrick May 28 '16 at 17:24
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Perhaps your information is buried here

(EDIT - It looks like some reports aren't linked.)

1960s - The United States Economic Census - LibGuides at Princeton ...

  • Thanks, in the 1950's tab there is a "Location of manufacturing plants by industry, county, and employment size: 1954." document. Hopefully it's what I"m looking for and close enough. I'll post more when I've gone through it. – DrZ214 May 28 '16 at 22:40

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