The average value of living1 of 147 Iowa farm families who kept accounts for one year was $1,624.95. The average size of household was 4.8 persons. For three-fourths of these families value of living fell between $1,200 and $2,400.
The farm furnished an average of 42.6 percent of the value of living of all families.
Food cost these families an average of $640.86, or 39.4 percent of the total value of living. Over three-fifths of the food was furnished by the farm. The average of all diets was adequate for energy, protein, calcium, phosphorus and iron, but some individual family diets were deficient, particularly in iron.
Hoyt, Elizabeth Ellis
"Value of family living on Iowa farms,"
Bulletin: Vol. 24
, Article 1.
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