U.S. States with the Least Farmland

Name the ten states which have the lowest percent of their land area used for farming and ranching.
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Last updated: November 23, 2017
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State
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Alaska
7.4
Maine
8.3
New Hampshire
8.4
Nevada
10.5
Massachusetts
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State
10.5
Rhode Island
14.1
Connecticut
15.2
New Jersey
20.9
Utah
21.2
Vermont
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Level 81
Nov 23, 2017
For the Nevada figure to make any sense, public lands used for cattle grazing must not be counted. This should maybe be clarified in the instructions.
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Level ∞
Nov 24, 2017
I'm willing to admit this is possible. Do you have a source?
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Level 81
Oct 19, 2020
https://www.blm.gov/programs/natural-resources/rangeland-and-grazing/rangeland-health/nevada says BLM has 43 million acres authorized for grazing in Nevada. That's 67000 square miles. Nevada has a total of 110000 square miles.
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Level ∞
Oct 19, 2020
My guess is that area authorized for ranching is not area actually used for ranching.
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Level 72
Dec 6, 2017
Most of Nevada is owned by the Federal government. I wonder if that is taken into account here.
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Level 68
Mar 30, 2018
it may be that due to the extreme heat, much of their land isn't suitable for agricultural pursuits.
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Level 65
Mar 30, 2018
Love seeing the "Garden State" on here
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Level 81
Mar 30, 2018
A garden isn't a farm.
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Level 47
Mar 30, 2018
Plus NJ is small and sandwiched between two large cities. Ergo most of the land is urban/suburban.
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Level 66
Mar 30, 2018
why do people post this kind of crap? I'm 100% sure he knows a garden isn't a farm, he's just making a funny, slightly ironic observation. Some people...
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Level 81
Mar 30, 2018
Why do people post this kind of crap? I'm 100% sure he knows what humor and irony are. He's just making a funny, slightly ironic observation. Some people...
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Level 65
Mar 30, 2018
http://www.state.nj.us/nj/about/facts/nickname/

Having lived on a farm in New Jersey (significant portions of the southern half are farmland), I can say with certainty that:

1. I know what a farm is.

2. I know what New Jersey is.

3. I know what a joke is.

Whether everyone here also does is debatable.

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Level 83
Aug 13, 2018
The whole pride of New Jersey's garden state is their productive land for food though.
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Level ∞
Oct 19, 2020
Pretty sure you've never been to New Jersey @someone2018.
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Level 59
Oct 19, 2020
I don't know about New Jersey, but Iowa takes pride in our agriculture for sure. Nearly the whole state is farmland, besides a couple cities and some protected forests and marshes.
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Level 65
Oct 19, 2020
I grew up a stone's throw from New Jersey. I know a ton of people from there. Nobody has once expressed pride in agriculture or growing anything. Their pride is split pretty exclusively between two elements: 1) Springsteen, always and all the time. They will not shut up about him, ever. 2) They have embraced New York's condescending depiction of them as a "dump" or "the armpit of America" and treat it with a cheeky pride. I know two unrelated people with the outline of New Jersey tattooed on their armpits. They used to have a lot of pride in the Jersey Shore too (see #1), but MTV ruined that. And maybe the Sopranos.
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Level 56
Nov 8, 2020
Really? I bet he didn't know that, thank you for teaching us something we never knew.
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Level 50
Dec 11, 2020
The south and places and places like the northwest have a lot of farms. The majority though is just either urban or suburban. Trust me I've lived in NJ my entire life.
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Level 37
Mar 30, 2018
I'm surprised that New York has more farmland than New Jersey!
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Level 59
Mar 30, 2018
A great deal of upstate NY and central NY is farmland.
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Level 47
Mar 30, 2018
NY is a lot larger than NJ and as previously stated, once North of the City a lot of Upstate NY is quite rural.
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Level 81
Mar 30, 2018
Kinda surprised Maryland didn't make it.
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Level 76
Mar 30, 2018
Outside of Baltimore and Annapolis, Maryland is rural. Same with Delaware. When you drive through other parts of these states you'd be surprised how rural it is in these states. Plus, this is % based. I tried both as answers though.
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Level 81
Mar 30, 2018
I lived almost 30 years in Northern Virginia and drove through Maryland a bunch of times.
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Level 73
Apr 2, 2018
Eastern Shore specifically is mostly farms. Also a N. Virginia Resident, and the part I drive through most frequently is non-farming, but every once in a while you get into the drastically different eastern counties.
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Level 58
Aug 18, 2020
Everything west of Frederick is one giant farm
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Level 38
Mar 30, 2018
Agree with comment on Maryland
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Level 60
Mar 30, 2018
Two desert states plus New England. Very interesting.
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Level 46
Mar 30, 2018
Alaska is not a desert state nor is it in New England!
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Level 47
Mar 30, 2018
I could be wrong but I believe calling something a desert refers not to how hot it may be but refers rather to a lack of rain. Thus Alaska (like Antarctica) is a desert.
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Level 73
Apr 3, 2018
A lack of precipitation defines a desert. And last I checked, snow still counts as precipitation. Although it kinda makes it hard to farm anything, therefore: Alaska.
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Level 61
Mar 31, 2018
World's fastest Utah with less than 1 second left
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Level 66
Apr 10, 2018
I don't understand how Vermont and New Hampshire are on here. Vermont is covered by farms. Same with New Hampshire. There are a ton of agricultural products coming out of those two states. I mean... Do they not include dairy farms on here? Maple orchards (syrup!)? Someone enlighten me, please.
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Level ∞
Oct 19, 2020
https://www.jetpunk.com/quizzes/top-10-most-forested-us-states
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Level 83
Jun 22, 2018
All 6 New England states in the top 10. The northern 3 are a #%@& rock in the soil in every single, last shovel strike and the southern 3 are paved over anyway.
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Level 83
Aug 13, 2018
And Maine has by far the largest empty pocket of land east of the Rockies, but only good for tree harvesting.
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Level 40
Oct 21, 2020
I got 9 out of 10 because I couldn't spell Massachusetts correctly.