Age distribution of principal farm operators, 1978-2007

Number of principal farm operators

Stacked Bar chart with 6 groups and 6 items per group.

Group 1, 1978, Total value of 2257775.
Item 1, 65 years and over value of 370546 which is 16.4% of 1978.
Item 2, 55 to 64 years value of 552175 which is 24.5% of 1978.
Item 3, 45 to 54 years value of 549159 which is 24.3% of 1978.
Item 4, 35 to 44 years value of 433900 which is 19.2% of 1978.
Item 5, 25 to 34 years value of 285420 which is 12.6% of 1978.
Item 6, Under 25 years value of 66575 which is 2.9% of 1978.
Group 2, 1982, Total value of 2240976.
Item 1, 65 years and over value of 399596 which is 17.8% of 1982.
Item 2, 55 to 64 years value of 536402 which is 23.9% of 1982.
Item 3, 45 to 54 years value of 505412 which is 22.6% of 1982.
Item 4, 35 to 44 years value of 443420 which is 19.8% of 1982.
Item 5, 25 to 34 years value of 293810 which is 13.1% of 1982.
Item 6, Under 25 years value of 62336 which is 2.8% of 1982.
Group 3, 1987, Total value of 2104032.
Item 1, 65 years and over value of 447341 which is 21.3% of 1987.
Item 2, 55 to 64 years value of 495816 which is 23.6% of 1987.
Item 3, 45 to 54 years value of 471183 which is 22.4% of 1987.
Item 4, 35 to 44 years value of 411153 which is 19.5% of 1987.
Item 5, 25 to 34 years value of 242688 which is 11.5% of 1987.
Item 6, Under 25 years value of 35851 which is 1.7% of 1987.
Group 4, 1997, Total value of 2215876.
Item 1, 65 years and over value of 559873 which is 25.3% of 1997.
Item 2, 55 to 64 years value of 481220 which is 21.7% of 1997.
Item 3, 45 to 54 years value of 552170 which is 24.9% of 1997.
Item 4, 35 to 44 years value of 444003 which is 20.0% of 1997.
Item 5, 25 to 34 years value of 154839 which is 7.0% of 1997.
Item 6, Under 25 years value of 23771 which is 1.1% of 1997.
Group 5, 2002, Total value of 2128982.
Item 1, 65 years and over value of 557830 which is 26.2% of 2002.
Item 2, 55 to 64 years value of 509123 which is 23.9% of 2002.
Item 3, 45 to 54 years value of 572664 which is 26.9% of 2002.
Item 4, 35 to 44 years value of 366306 which is 17.2% of 2002.
Item 5, 25 to 34 years value of 106097 which is 5.0% of 2002.
Item 6, Under 25 years value of 16962 which is .8% of 2002.
Group 6, 2007, Total value of 2204792.
Item 1, 65 years and over value of 655654 which is 29.7% of 2007.
Item 2, 55 to 64 years value of 596306 which is 27.0% of 2007.
Item 3, 45 to 54 years value of 565401 which is 25.6% of 2007.
Item 4, 35 to 44 years value of 268818 which is 12.2% of 2007.
Item 5, 25 to 34 years value of 106735 which is 4.8% of 2007.
Item 6, Under 25 years value of 11878 which is .5% of 2007.

Source: USDA, Census of Agriculture.