These counties have more turkeys than people
Some pockets of the U.S. have more turkeys than people.
Details: Data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show that at least five counties have more than 100 turkeys per person:
- Swift County, Minn. (148 turkeys per human)
- McPherson County, S.D. (115)
- Highland County, Va. (109)
- Sanpete County, Utah (105)
- Carroll County, Ark. (103)
Zoom in: According to 2017 USDA data, turkey populations are mostly concentrated in the Midwest and eastern United States, with small pockets in Utah and California.
The big picture: The U.S. government has been warning this Thanksgiving season about a shortage of turkey, Axios' Kelly Tyko and Emily Peck write. In fact, avian flu outbreaks this year have made it hard to find 20-pound turkeys in parts of the country.
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