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Diplomatic and Consular Posts, 1781-2010

Diplomatic Posts includes Embassies and Legations only; does not include Embassy Branch Offices, U.S. Liaison Offices, U.S. Interests Sections, and Missions to International Organizations. Consular Posts includes Consulates and Consulates General only; does not include Consular Agencies.

Year Diplomatic Posts Consular Posts
1781 4 3
1790 2 10
1800 6 52
1810 4 60
1820 7 83
1830 15 141
1840 20 152
1850 27 197
1860 33 282
1870 36 318
1880 35 303
1890 41 323
1900 41 318
1910 48 324
1920 45 368
1930 57 299
1940 58 264
1950 74 179
1960 99 166
1970 117 122
1980 133 100
1990 145 97
2000 161 82
2010 168 89