Definition of Agricultural Density

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Agricultural density is one of three measures of statistical analysis for population density in demography, the science of human populations. The agricultural density of a population is the number of farmers per unit area of farmland. Agricultural density is a useful statistic for recognizing trends in population growth, development, and stability.


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Agriculture and Population

Agricultural density is found by dividing an area of farmland by the total population of farmers in the same area. This gives an average of land farmed by each individual. More developed countries have lower agricultural density than less developed countries, since more developed countries have access to technological and financial advantages that allow more farmland to be worked by an individual. Agricultural density can also differ between countries based on the quality of land available, since some countries have much more arable land than others. A higher level of agricultural density suggests that available arable land is being used by more farmers and may reach the limit of its production potential sooner than where agricultural density is lower.



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