Number & Size of Farms
Los Angeles County

Photo from Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner/Weighs & Measures.

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Year Number of Farms Farm Land (acres) Average Size of Farms (acres) Percent of Land in Farms Harvested Cropland (acres)
2012 1,294 91,689 71 3.5 40,796
2007 1,734 108,463 63 4.2 25,829
2002 1,543 111,458 72 4.3 24,033
1997 1,226 130,838 107 5.1 23,805
1992 1,446 183,569 127 7.1 29,347
1987 2,035 280,156 138 10.8 37,102
1982 2,331 317,757 136 12.2 53,130
1978 1,952 369,061 189 14.2 54,362
1974 1,797 400,500 223 15.4 64,806
1969 2,804 557,770 199 21.4 84,319
1964 2,800 585,340 209 22.5 90,583
Year Number of Farms Farm Land (acres) Average Size of Farms (acres) Percent of Land in Farms Harvested Cropland (acres)
1959 4,811 479,011 100 18.4 126,952
1954 8,254 743,613 90 28.5 195,315
1950 11,973 855,563 72 32.8 229,047
1940 12,475 n/a n/a n/a n/a
1930 12,653 527,124 42 20.0 230,068
1920 12,444 882,333 71 33.5 n/a
1910 7,919 757,985 96 29.1 n/a
1900 6,577 895,663 136 34.4 n/a

n/a Data not available

Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture & U.S. Census Bureau