North Carolina Data and Statistics

Welcome to the North Carolina Statistics page. Here you will find frequently requested data specific to this state from the National Resources Inventory, the Census of Agriculture, and the Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement (PACE) program survey. You also can link to additional information and data sources.

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National Resources Inventory

Census of Agriculture

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

Other Data Sources


2012 National Resources Inventory

1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 211,100 83,400 35,500 848,200
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 7,873,900 7,503,100 7,303,800 8,676,900
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 3,936,000 3,768,800 3,671,700 4,219,100
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 440,200 192,100 120,400 1,586,700
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres 15,900 11,100 6,500 61,000
Total surface area (acres) 33,709,300 33,709,300 33,709,300 33,709,300

Census of Agriculture

2002 2007 2012
Farms 53,930 52,913 50,218
Land in farms (acres) 9,079,001 8,474,671 8,414,756
Total land area (acres) 31,174,963 31,113,828 31,115,830
Principal operators 53,930 52,913 50,218
Total operators 75,684 76,832 73,846
Principal operators 34 and younger 2,585 2,363 2,321
Principal operators 65 and older 14,809 15,725 17,450
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres) 1,710,069 1,893,550 2,090,088
Beginning farmers 13,756 13,991 11,027
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 6,961,686 10,313,628 12,588,142

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

For summaries of PACE activity by state, use the links for the downloadable table or most recent fact sheets on the national statistics page under Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs.

Other Data Sources

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