What is the average size of an American farm?

According to the USDA 2012 Census of Agriculture data:

There are approximately 2.1 million farms in America; the average size is 434 acres. An acre, by comparison, equates to a little less than one 100-yard length American football field. 97 percent of U.S. farms are family-owned.

  • Small family farms, averaging 231 acres, make up 88 percent of farms and 48 percent of total farm acres in the U.S.
  • Large family farms, averaging 1,421 acres, make up 3.9 percent of farms and 13 percent of farm acres in the U.S.
  • Very large family farms, averaging 2,086 acres, make up 4.6 percent of farms and 23 percent of total farm acres in the U.S.

USFRA Point of View

In order for agriculture to provide healthy choices for all Americans, as well as people around the world, we need all types of farms and ranches – big and small, organic and conventional, rural and urban. Only when farmers and ranchers collectively respond to the marketplace, sharing best... Read more