Homesteading by the Numbers

Map of Homesteading States
Homesteading States


1: Number of National Park Service sites dedicated to the commemoration and interpretation of the Homestead Act of 1862 and the many changes it initiated in the United States and the world.

10: Percentage of U.S. land given away under the Homestead Act.

24: Presidential administrations during which the Homestead Act was in effect (Lincoln to Reagan).

30: Number of states in which homestead lands were located.=

45: Percentage of Nebraska's acres distributed under the Homestead Act [Largest percentage of any state].

50: More than 50% of homesteaders successfully proved up on their land

123: Years the Homestead Act was in effect (1863-1986).

160: Number of acres in a typical homestead claim.

4,000,000: Approximate number of claims made under the Homestead Act.

11,000,000: Acres claimed in 1913, the peak year of homestead claims.

93,000,000: Estimated number of homesteader descendants alive today.

270,000,000: Total number of acres distributed by the Homestead Act.

Compiled by Homestead National Monument of America Historian Todd Arrington, April 24, 2007

Number of homesteads, acres, and percentage of the state homestead State by State

PDFs of homesteading sucess

Total Number of Acres that were Successfully Homesteaded in Each State

Total Number of Claims that were Successfully Homesteaded in Each State

Percentage of Total Acres in Each State that were Successfully Homesteaded

Number of Successful Homesteaders Decade by Decade

Number of Acres Successfully Transferred to Homesteaders

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Last updated: September 20, 2019

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