Why Do City People Tend To Think Farmers Are Stupid

Why Do City People Tend To Think Farmers Are Stupid

City people might perceive farmers as less educated due to factors such as lower education levels in rural areas, limited academic exposure, and the perception of low income associated with farming. However, these perceptions overlook the expertise and significance of farming, and efforts are being made to address these misconceptions.

Farming is a profession that requires a great deal of knowledge and skill. However, many city people tend to view farmers as less educated.

There are several reasons for this perception, including:

Education levels in rural areas

Rural areas tend to have lower levels of education due to factors such as poorly funded schools and poverty.

Limited-resource and low-income/low-wealth farm operators are less likely to have education beyond the high school level compared with either the larger group of farm operators with incomes below the Census Bureau poverty line or all farm operators.

This lack of education may contribute to the perception that farmers are less educated.

Lack of academic exposure

People in rural areas may not receive as much academic exposure to ideas as those in urban areas.

This may lead to a perception that farmers are less knowledgeable or less interested in intellectual pursuits.

Perception of low income

Farming is often perceived as a low-income profession, which may lead to the assumption that farmers are less educated.

However, this perception is not necessarily accurate, as many farmers are highly skilled and knowledgeable in their field.

It’s important to note that these perceptions are not fair or accurate. Agriculture plays an important role in the world, and farmers are often highly skilled and knowledgeable in their field.

Additionally, efforts are being made to educate and involve youth in local food systems in response to the rising census age in farmers and dwindling.

Are Farmers Poor

  • Some farmers remain poor, but the percentage varies depending on how poverty is defined.
  • One estimate puts the least well-off farm households at 14 percent of the 2.1 million American farm households, while another categorizes 5 percent of farm households as having low incomes and low wealth.
  • Small farms, defined as those bringing in less than $350,000 a year before expenses, accounted for just a quarter of food production in 2017, down from nearly half in 1991.
  • In the dairy industry, small farms accounted for just 10 percent of production.
  • Most of the world’s farmers are smallholders, with farms less than two hectares in size. Yet these farmers are some of the poorest.
  • Agriculture can help reduce poverty for 75% of the world’s poor, who live in rural areas and work mainly in farming. It can raise incomes.
  • Growth in the agriculture sector is two to four times more effective in raising incomes among the poorest compared to other sectors.
  • Agriculture is also crucial to economic growth: accounting for 4% of global gross domestic product (GDP) and in some least developing countries, it can account for more than 25% of GDP.


[1] https://www.reddit.com/r/Agriculture/comments/kob5mh/why_city_people_tend_to_see_farmers_as_less/

[2] https://www.reddit.com/r/NoStupidQuestions/comments/11cvezi/why_do_cities_and_places_with_higher_education/

[3] https://www.postindependent.com/news/passion-for-farms-starts-young-at-least-thats-the-idea-locally-as-farmers-nationwide-age/

[4] https://www.fao.org/3/i3947e/i3947e.pdf

[5] https://www.historians.org/about-aha-and-membership/aha-history-and-archives/gi-roundtable-series/pamphlets/em-35-shall-i-take-up-farming-(1945)/are-there-good-reasons-for-being-a-farmer

[6] https://www.ers.usda.gov/amber-waves/2005/september/farm-poverty-lowest-in-us-history/