Nov 24, 2022 - Economy

These counties have more turkeys than people

Note: Farmed turkeys only; Data: USDA; Map: Erin Davis/Axios Visuals

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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