U.S. States with More Cows than People

Name the states of the United States where cows outnumber people.
For 2016. Using cow population numbers from here
Quiz by KittynJim
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Last updated: April 14, 2017
First submittedApril 4, 2017
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Cows per Person
State
4.51
South Dakota
3.38
Nebraska
2.54
Montana
2.26
North Dakota
2.24
Wyoming
Cows per Person
State
2.15
Kansas
1.42
Idaho
1.26
Iowa
1.22
Oklahoma
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Level ∞
Apr 14, 2017
The state with the fewest cows per person is New Jersey with a pathetic 0.003 cows per person.
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Level 74
Apr 14, 2017
What a pitiful state.
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Level 66
May 19, 2017
Hey watch it, I'm from there lol
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Level 76
Apr 14, 2017
Not many Jersey Cows then! Sorry couldn't resist.
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Level 41
Jun 15, 2017
Ha
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Level 85
Apr 14, 2017
Yeah, go on, milk it!
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Level 75
Jun 15, 2017
Moo Jersey was my first try
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Level 84
Jun 15, 2017
Oh, stop with this tripe.
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Level 64
Jun 15, 2017
Try an udder joke
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Level 69
Jun 17, 2017
Yeah, most farms are in the south but most people live in the north. Come for our fresh veggies though:))
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Level 55
May 6, 2020
I tried New Jersey first!!! Yea it makes sense. Look at the density.
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Level 61
Jul 19, 2021
@ Starling123 that's udderly embarrassing. There you go :)
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Level 75
Apr 15, 2017
Udderly ridiculous.
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Level 71
Jun 15, 2017
Cattle get your tongue!
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Level 59
Jun 15, 2017
Udderly amoosing.
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Level 57
Jun 15, 2017
It's a moo point.
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Level 24
Jun 15, 2017
what do cows say when they call they're mom

Moomoo can you come here

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Level 87
Jun 15, 2017
I'm getting Deja Moo. The feeling that I've heard this bullcrap before.
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Level 77
Jun 15, 2017
As far as I'm concerned it's all a bunch of bull.
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Level 66
Jun 16, 2017
I've got a beef with you lousy punsters.
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Level 73
Jun 18, 2017
Not in the mood for such cowardly remarks
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Level 70
Aug 24, 2019
At this point we're just milking for puns
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Level 63
Apr 17, 2017
4.51 cows for every one person is hard to comprehend. Once you factor in cow-less children and the fact that many Dakotans aren't cow farmers, that leaves 15+ cows for each person to take care of. Lots of work...
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Level 41
Jun 15, 2017
Are you from one of the Dakotas, because there are a lot of cow farmers in south western North Dakota
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Level 77
Jun 15, 2017
We used to raise herds of 120 or more when I was a kid, and we now raise several feeder calves at a time, mostly on pasture only giving them enough grain to keep them tame enough to work with. If you have the set-up for them, - good shelter, good fences, plenty of pasture and hay, ponds, and good loading chutes, - cows aren't hard to raise. (Except for cow-calf operations because there is always one mother who decides the farthest corner of the farthest pasture is where she wants to drop her calf - usually in a snowstorm.)
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Level 74
Aug 29, 2021
Not uncommon here in Australia for one labour unit (me) to manage over 1000 cattle and similar sheep numbers on my own with occasional casual helpers. It can get busy though...
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Level 11
Jun 15, 2017
I will defend New Jersey until my last day on earth. Who ever wants to fight can meet me in New Jersey. Come to Newark so we can settle this. No one disrespects my state. No one.
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Level 59
Jun 15, 2017
Sorry but New Jersey is just inferior to New York in every way lol

Sincerely,

A non city New Yorker

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Level 64
Jun 15, 2017
I'm from New Jersey, but I'm attending college in Massachusetts and everybody from around the world hates New Jersey no matter how many times I tell them the good things about it. Nice to see somebody else appreciates my state!
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Level 92
Jun 15, 2017
I've heard there's one exit in Jersey that's nice
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Level 78
Apr 27, 2018
I don't think everybody hates New Jersey. I certainly don't. I have always found it to be a very nice place, but it does have a very unique personality. It's just that at some point in history it became the punch line for lots of jokes. Maybe some of your insecure neighbors just needed someone to look down on to make them feel better about themselves. Maybe it's because the Jersey stereotype has become profitable or amusing for some and is being perpetuated because of it. I certainly haven't met too many people like the cast of "Jersey Shore". Every state has it's positives and negatives.
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Level 74
Jun 24, 2021
First time I visited NYC, I made the pilgrimage to Hoboken New Jersey. I found myself in Schnackenbergs Luncheonette in Hoboken NJ, and it was just beautiful. Old-fashioned and beautiful. Great coffee and an amazing donut. I'm told by my friend in NYC that it is no longer there. :((
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Level 66
Jun 15, 2017
The one I missed was Iowa. Not bad for an Aussie with no connection to the US.
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Level 87
Aug 12, 2018
This would just be another "name all Australian states" quiz there.
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Level 74
Jun 15, 2017
Interesting how all of these states typically vote Republican.
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Level 37
Jun 15, 2017
you could probably expect that...
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Level 81
Jun 15, 2017
From 1988 through 2012 Iowa sided with Democrats 6 of 7 times.
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Level 62
Jun 15, 2017
Interesting fact: cows don't care about politics.
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Level 59
Jul 2, 2017
Give cows voting rights! Moomoo for president 2020!
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Level 87
May 5, 2020
I'd say it has more to do with the fact that they're all midwestern states with lots of farmland. Still, you're not wrong.
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Level 47
May 5, 2020
Yeah, farming is a business, and Republicans tend to be more pro-business...
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Level 77
May 6, 2020
I've known lots of farmers who were Democrats, but lately it seems many rural areas go conservative while cities go liberal, but the fact that a state voted majority Democrat or Republican doesn't mean that every person in that state voted the same way. Many states go one way or the other by a thin margin and may flip the other way in the next election often due to the direction of votes by independents. I don't think it's right to stereotype every person in a state or region as conservative or liberal just because what could be a small majority of the state votes that way. It might be interesting if someone would do a quiz on the states with the highest and lowest vote tallies for majority wins in the past presidential elections.
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Level 76
Oct 5, 2020
Except Iowa, which is a swing state.
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Level 61
Jun 15, 2017
Moooo! Moomoo. Moo.
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Level 51
Jun 15, 2017
You should do like you did with the "Biggest Coal States" quiz and put the "Trump Vote Percentage" in a second column.
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Level 34
Jun 17, 2017
The easiest way to beat this quiz: Guess Midwestern states :p
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Level 87
Jun 18, 2018
Years of South Park shattered without Colorado here.
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Level 40
Nov 5, 2018
I always forget Idaho with all states quizzes.
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Level 53
Feb 19, 2019
Less than 1 minute, that was easy.
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Level 72
Apr 26, 2020
These states all border each other, so they could make some sort of cow union.
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Level 67
May 5, 2020
Cows are notoriously anti-labor.
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Level 25
May 5, 2020
Surprised I actually did it first try. I was just typing out the states in between California and Missouri
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Level 42
May 5, 2020
Woop Woop, Go South Dakota! The cows here are so plentiful that I walked into my yard today, and two cows were standing in my front yard, being a good person, I called the closest farmer and he says the cow to person ratio is 4:1, so just keep em, and that's how I got Bessie and Bessie jr (I'm kidding btw ;)
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Level 47
May 5, 2020
For reference, we have 1.25 cows per person in Argentina, with around 8.25 in the most rural province.
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Level 16
May 6, 2020
No moo cow jokes!! These are udderly bullcrap!! Moo-ve it along!!
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Level 74
Nov 16, 2020
Q: What did the buffalo say when he dropped his boy off at school? A: Bye, son
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Level 43
May 25, 2021
Bison
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Level 61
Jul 19, 2021
Wonder if there would be 6 Australian states on here?