Energy and Environment Reporting for Texas

Where the Farmers Are in Texas

Congratulations, McMullen County, Texas. You officially have the highest number of farmers per capita in the United States. More than half of the population there are farmers (374 out of 707 people). The data comes from the U.S. Census Bureau and you can visualize it all in a new interactive map built by Slate, Agriculture in the U.S. and Around the World.

The farming belt stretches from Texas up to North Dakota, where in some communities, farmers are about a third of the population. Contrast that with the coasts, Slate notes, and you’ll find “just one or two out of every 100 people work as farmers, even in rural areas.”


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