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Which state has the highest population of pigs in North America?

01/11/10

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Iowa

What: According to the DesMoines Register, Iowa farms are home to 19.6 million hogs — 30% of the USA’s entire pig supply.

That’s about 7 million more pigs than the state had in 1997. And North America’s second biggest hog population - in North Carolina - has also surged. We’re in the midst of a pig baby boom.

Why: Thanks to climate and disease controls, plus genetic breeding that has produced more productive sows, there are simply more pigs being born than before. Which isn’t a good thing: now there’s a pig glut. Iowa’s pig farmers have suffered financial losses for the last 2 years straight. There are calls to “liquidate” some of the pig herd there. Ew.

Get this: According to the Census Bureau, Iowa is currently home to around 3 million human residents, which means they’re outnumbered by pigs more than 6 to 1. Pray the pigs don’t evolve opposable thumbs.

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