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BRIEFLY

December 16, 1987

About one in every 46 Americans still lives down on the farm, about the same share as a year earlier, the Census Bureau reported. Overall, 5.226 million Americans were living on farms as of 1986, down 129,000 from 5.355 million in 1985. But that was still about 2.2% of the nation's total population, the bureau said. By comparison, farmers constituted just over 30% of all Americans in 1920, the first year they were identified as a separate group by the Census Bureau.

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