ERIC Number: ED116828
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Farm Population Estimates 1910-70. Rural Development Service Statistical Bulletin No. 523.
Banks, Vera J.; Beale, Calvin L.
Presenting a continuous series of U.S. farm population estimates for 1910-70, this report also presents estimates of the farm population for geographic regions, divisions, and States for 1920-70. Annual estimates of the components of farm population change (births, deaths, and net change through migration and reclassification of residence) are presented for the United States, regions, and divisions for 1920-70. Although the data presented cover the period 1910-70, the analysis of farm population change relates primarily to the 1960-70 decade. Data presented in this report are derived from: (1) the Current Population Survey of the Bureau of the Census; (2) the 1960 and 1970 Censuses of Population; (3) Statistical Reporting Service. The 1960-70 farm population analysis presented in this report indicates: (1) the 1970 U.S. rural farm population averaged 9,712,000; (2) the 1970 farm population was 38 percent less than that of 1960; (3) the absolute loss of about 6 million during 1960-70 was the least for a decade since the 1930's, though the relative loss was the highest rate of decline for a decade; (4) the Southern Regional ranked second to the North Central Region in number of farm residents; (5) ranking States in farm population were Iowa, Minnesota, and Illinois; (6) North and South Dakota had the highest proportion of people on farms; (7) the 1960-70 net loss in the farm population via migration or reclassification averaged 694,000 annually. (JC)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Rural Development Service (USDA), Washington, DC.