Top U.S. states based on number of farms 2018

Texas was by far the leading U.S. state in terms of total number of farms, with about 250 thousand farms by the end of 2018. Missouri was ranked second, among the leading ten states, with 95 thousand farms as of 2018.

Farms classification

In the United States farms are classified based on the farm income and government payments into six sales classes. According to the USDA, about half of all farms in the US were classified in the 1,000 to 9,999 U.S. dollars sales class in 2018.

Farming sector in the U.S.

The total number of farms in the United States has decreased steadily since 2007. As of 2018, there were about 2.03 million farms in the U.S., down from 2.04 million in the previous year. Contrastingly, the average farm acreage in the United States has increased in the past few years. The number of employees, including both part-time and full-time workers, in this sector was over 960 thousand as of 2017.

Leading 10 U.S. states based on number of farms in 2018*

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Release date

April 2019


United States

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Supplementary notes

* A farm is any establishment from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were sold or would normally be sold during the year. All figures are preliminary.

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