At the turn of the 20th century there were nearly 7 million farms in the US and 15 million people working those farms. The population of the country at that time was about 75 million, which meant that 20% of the population identified as farmers.
By the turn of the 21st century the number of farms had dropped to just over 2 million and the number of people who worked those farms had dropped to just over 3 million. The population of the country in 2000 was about 300 million, which means the number of people who identify as farmers had plummeted from 20% a century earlier to about 1%. (more…)