ERIC Number: ED238659
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Farm Population of the United States: 1982.
Banks, Vera J.; Mills, Karen M.
Current Population Reports, Farm Population Series P-27 n56 Nov 1983
According to estimates prepared by the Bureau of the Census and the Economic Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, the 1982 farm population of 5,620,000, or 2.4% of the national population, continued a long downward trend. About 45% of farm residents lived in the North Central region, 35% in the South, 13% in the West, and 7.5% in the Northeast. Whites comprised 96% of the farm population and Blacks, 3.2%, versus 85% and 12.1% of the non-farm population, respectively. Only 2.3% of the farm population was of Spanish origin. Compared to non-farm residents, farm residents were slightly older and more likely to be married and living with a spouse. Farm women bore significantly more children than non-farm women. Farm population labor force participation was higher than for non-farm residents, especially among men and in the West and North. The unemployment rate of 3.6% was relatively low. Most farm men were employed in agriculture, but most farm women were not. Self-employment was higher and median income was lower among farm residents. The report contains supporting statistical tables, definitions, explanations, and a statement regarding the source and reliability of the estimates. (SB)
Descriptors: Age Groups, Agricultural Personnel, Birth Rate, Census Figures, Comparative Analysis, Demography, Economic Status, Employment Patterns, Family Characteristics, Farmers, Geographic Distribution, Income, Labor Force, Marital Status, Population Distribution, Population Trends, Poverty, Racial Composition, Residential Patterns, Rural Population, Sex Differences, Social Characteristics
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD. Population Div.; Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.