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.