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Washington Data and Statistics

Welcome to the Washington Statistics page. Here you will find frequently requested data specific to this state from AFT's Farms Under Threat: The State of the States report, 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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Farms Under Threat

National Resources Inventory

Census of Agriculture

Purchase of Agricultural Conservation Easement Programs

Other Data Sources

Farms Under Threat: The State of the States

All estimates represent figures for the Conterminous U.S.

Total and Agricultural Land Cover/Use

Data Item Acres
Total land area in 2016 43,279,500
Agricultural land in 2016 15,398,200
Cropland in 2016 6,749,800
Pastureland in 2016 1,462,000
Rangeland  in 2016 6,880,800
Woodland in 2016 305,500
Agricultural land in 2001 15,819,300

High-quality Agricultural Land

Data Item Acres
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2016 6,011,900
Nationally Significant agricultural land in 2001 6,132,000
Best agricultural land in 2016 7,895,800
Best agricultural land in 2001 7,918,700
Nationally Significant agricultural land is the land best-suited to long-term, intensive crop production within the Conterminous United States; and each state’s “best land” is approximately the better half of all agricultural land in each state. For more information about these categories of high-quality agricultural land and how they were identified, see the interactive website for Farms Under Threat: The State of the States, and the fact sheet about AFT’s Productivity, Versatility, and Resiliency (PVR) Analysis.

Agricultural Land Converted from 2001-2016

Data Item Acres
Agricultural land developed or compromised 97,800
Agricultural land converted to urban and highly-developed land use (UHD) 50,100
Agricultural land converted to low-density residential land use (LDR) 47,800
Nationally Significant agricultural land developed or compromised 29,900
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to UHD 12,900
Nationally Significant agricultural land converted to LDR 17,000
Best agricultural land developed or compromised 38,700
Best agricultural land converted to UHD 11,400
Best agricultural land converted to LDR 27,300

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2012 National Resources Inventory

1997-2002 2002-2007 2007-2012 1982-2012
Agricultural land converted to developed land (acres) 73,700 39,200 16,900 363,300
Agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 14,619,500 14,459,200 14,353,300 14,958,200
Prime agricultural land at the beginning of the reporting period (acres) 1,538,700 1,491,700 1,461,100 1,608,400
Forest land converted to developed land (acres) 118,400 92,400 40.300 561,100
Other rural land converted to developed land (acres) 6,400 6,500 1,100 33,500
Total surface area (acres) 44,035,300 44,035,300 44,035,300 44,035,300

Census of Agriculture

2002 2007 2012
Farms 35,939 39,284 37,249
Land in farms (acres) 15,318,008 14,972,789 14,748,107
Total land area (acres) 42,588,197 42,540,079 42,531,819
Principal operators 35,939 39,284 37,249
Total operators 56,386 63,645 60,912
Principal operators 34 and younger 1,272 1,680 1,707
Principal operators 65 and older 8,382 10,554 12,389
Land owned by principal operators 65 and older (acres) 2,159,455 2,909,956 5,612,002
Beginning farmers 10,388 12,053 10,100
Market value of agricultural products sold ($1,000) 5,330,740 6,792,856 9,120,749

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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