ERIC Number: ED207755
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Farm Income Recipients and Their Families: A Socioeconomic Profile. Rural Development Research Report No. 30.
Banks, Vera J.; Kalbacher, Judith Z.
Special tabulation of the March 1976 Current Population Survey provided data on income sources, geographic distribution, and social (age, sex, race, education), family, and employment characteristics of farm income recipients. Of the 3.1 million persons and 2.6 million families receiving some farm self-employment income in 1975, a larger proportion lived in nonmetropolitan (74%) than metropolitan areas and in the combined North and West (61%) than the South. Compared with the general population, recipients were more likely to be white, male, and older. Their families were more likely to be the husband-wife type, but less likely to have a family member under 18 years of age. In 1976 the median number of school years attended by farm income recipients was 12 years, close to the national median of 12.3. Only about 15% of all farm income people had total income derived from farming. Median total personal income for persons with some farm self-employment income in 1975 was $8,219. Median income increased to $11,136 for those with additional nonfarm wage income. As the majority of farm income recipients also had income from additional sources (wages, investments, social security, retirement, welfare), little relationship existed between the level of farm income and total income. (NEC)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Blacks, Educational Attainment, Educational Status Comparison, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethnic Groups, Family Characteristics, Family Income, Farmers, Geographic Distribution, Multiple Employment, Population Distribution, Profiles, Rural Farm Residents, Sex Differences, Socioeconomic Background, Spanish Americans, Tables (Data), Whites
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC. Economic Development Div.