Average size of farms in the U.S. 2000-2019

The average size of farms in the United States has seen a steady increase over the last decade. In 2018, the average farm size reached 443 acres, up from 418 acres in 2007. Between 2006 and 2007 there was a sudden drop in average farm size, but in recent years it has recovered and once again reached the same levels as its peak in 2006.

Agriculture in the United States

In 2018 there were about 2.03 million farms in the United States, down from 2.2 million in 2007. It appears that as average farm size has increased, the number of individual farms in the United States has decreased. Texas is home to the highest number of farms of any U.S. state, with 248,000 farms as of 2018.

Major Crops in the United States

The United States produces a wide variety of crops. Though the production volumes of some major crops, such as wheat, have fluctuated considerably since 2000, the production of vegetables for processing has been on the rise in recent years. Grapes, apples, and oranges are the most produced fruits in the United States, with the majority of grapes being grown in California.

Average farm size in the United States from 2000 to 2019 (in acres)*

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Sources

Release date

February 2020

Region

United States

Survey time period

2000 to 2019

Supplementary notes

* The farm definition was changed in 1993 to include maple syrup, short rotation woody crops, and places with five or more horses.
This statistic was assembled from several USDA annual statistics reports.

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