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2002 CENSUS OF AGRICULTURE

By: "Gary Pfalzbot"
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This data reflects 2002 U.S. Census data for the "total number" of goats per state.
In 1997, the total number of goats in the U.S. was 2,251,613.
In 2002, the total number of goats in the U.S. was 2,530,466.
This marks an increase of 278,853 total goats over 5 years.

Some interesting conclusions can be drawn from this census... primarily that Texas continues to lead the U.S. in total number of goats by almost 10 to 1 to the next closest state; Tennessee. It has been reported to GoatWorld from time to time that the number of goats in the U.S. has nearly doubled over the past 5 to 10 years. This statement appears to be false and would most probably apply to Texas alone if there has been any stated doubling of numbers. Such doubling of numbers could also apply to the demand of goat meat. Also, as with many census figures, the numbers reflected below may actually be lower than actual numbers. Many states have incorporated livestock (such as goats) into their tax assessment forms. Therefore, many people are reluctant to actually reveal the actual number of goats they may possess at any given point in time.

Rank State # of Goats Rank State # of Goats
1 Texas 1,194,289 26 New Mexico 19,128
2 Tennessee 114,664 27 Iowa 18,898
3 California 103,122 28 Colorado 18,561
4 Oklahoma 82,792 29 West Virginia 17,484
5 Georgia 69,498 30 Illinois 17,192
6 Kentucky 68,412 31 Louisiana 14,633
7 North Carolina 67,276 32 Nebraska 11,718
8 Alabama 50,574 33 Idaho 11,520
9 Missouri 48,654 34 Maryland 9,601
10 Ohio 45,061 35 Utah 9,092
11 Virginia 41,275 36 Montana 8,613
12 South Carolina 41,192 37 New Jersey 8,312
13 Florida 39,964 38 South Dakota 7,021
14 Pennsylvania 39,932 39 Nevada 6,506
15 Arizona 35,374 40 Massachusetts 6,022
16 Wisconsin 35,179 41 Wyoming 5,380
17 New York 33,130 42 Hawaii 5,364
18 Arkansas 32,580 43 Vermont 4,133
19 Oregon 30,628 44 New Hampshire 3,774
20 Indiana 27,801 45 Maine 3,162
21 Mississippi 26,738 46 Connecticut 2,586
22 Kansas 24,763 47 North Dakota 2,523
23 Washington 23,217 48 Delaware 1,521
24 Michigan 21,094 49 Rhode Island 468
25 Minnesota 19,768 50 Alaska 277

This data was obtained from 2002 Census of Agriculture and can be found at: http://www.nass.usda.gov/census/census02/volume1/us/index2.htm. This census also includes data for Dairy Goats, Angoras, and Meat Goats, by state. As time permits, I may further interpolate the census data and add it to this page.

About the author: Gary Pfalzbot is the webmaster of GoatWorld. He has raised goats over the years, been involved with 4-H (as a young boy) and currently resides in Florissant, CO, situated within the Rocky Mountains. He and his wife Pam began raising a few breeds of goats, mainly precipitated for the control of Kudzu vine. They now primarily author the GoatWorld web site to continue to inform, educate, and promote the industry and those persons who are interested in goats.

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