The Australian Bureau of Statistics is tracking how many farms in Australia have closed and why, as part of the broader economic downturn.
It also tracks changes in the number of people who are living in households without a farm.
The figures, released on Monday, show that the number is declining but the percentage of households that have no farms has increased.
The decline in the rural population is the result of the construction of rural schools, a reduction in population growth, and a decrease in the numbers of people moving into rural areas.
Photo: Supplied The Bureau of Agricultural Statistics (BAS) has been tracking changes in people living in rural areas since the late 1990s. Photo.