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How Common Are Farmers' Markets?

Farmers' markets, which sell produce grown by local farmers, are a growing trend in the United States. Produce from farmers' markets is often fresher because it hasn’t traveled for days or even weeks in trucks and planes. This means tastier, more nutritious produce for you—and less environmental impact as well. Plus, buying from nearby farmers makes the local economy stronger. How common are farmers' markets in the different U.S. states?

Farmers' Markets By State in 2013

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State Farmers' Markets per 100,000 Residents
Alabama 3.1
Alaska 4.4
Arizona 1.3
Arkansas 2.7
California 2.2
Colorado 3.2
Connecticut 4.3
Delaware 3.5
District of Columbia 5.7
Florida 1.1
Georgia 1.2
Hawaii 6.4
Idaho 4.2
Illinois 2.3
Indiana 2.5
Iowa 7.5
Kansas 3.4
Kentucky 3.7
Louisiana 1.4
Maine 6.3
Maryland 2.6
Massachusetts 4.4
Michigan 3.2
Minnesota 3.2
Mississippi 2.5
Missouri 2.6
Montana 6.5
Nebraska 4.6
Nevada 1.5
New Hampshire 7.3
New Jersey 1.5
New Mexico 3.3
New York 3.3
North Carolina 2.2
North Dakota 9.5
Ohio 2.3
Oklahoma 1.9
Oregon 4.2
Pennsylvania 2.0
Rhode Island 5.8
South Carolina 2.7
South Dakota 4.6
Tennessee 1.5
Texas 0.7
Utah 1.3
Vermont 15.0
Virginia 2.8
Washington 2.1
West Virginia 4.4
Wisconsin 5.2
Wyoming 7.6
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This particular group of data has three modes, 1.5, 3.2, and 4.4. Why do you think this happened? Do you think knowing the mode will help you understand the distribution of farmers' markets in the United States?

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SOURCE: National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “State Indicator Report on Fruits and Vegetables, 2013: Policy and Environmental Indicators,” cdc.gov.

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