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A Glance at the Age Structure and Labor Force Participation of Rural America

By: Jennifer Cheeseman Day, Donald Hays, and Adam Smith Rural America is older than urban America. The median age of all people living in rural areas is 43 years, compared with 36 years for urban areas. We know that age … Continue reading

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Life Off the Highway: A Snapshot of Rural America

Written by: Alison Fields, Kelly Ann Holder, and Charlynn Burd, Social, Economic and Housing Statistics Division We are a nation of communities. The 2011-2015 American Community Survey statistics released today helps tell the story of us all — each city, … Continue reading

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Rurality Matters

Written by Kelly Ann Holder, Alison Fields, and Daphne Lofquist  Today, about 60 million residents of the United States live in areas designated as rural by the U.S. Census Bureau. So, what exactly does rural look like? “Rural” can span from the … Continue reading

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Homes on the Range: Homeownership Rates Are Higher in Rural America

Written by: Christopher Mazur For decades, homeownership rates have been an important indicator of the health of housing markets all across the United States. Communities use these data to recognize the changing landscape of their housing markets by analyzing patterns … Continue reading

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Beyond the Farm: Rural Industry Workers in America

Written by: Lynda Laughlin, Industry and Occupation Statistics Branch Rural America faces unique challenges and opportunities compared with urban America. However, the contributions of rural communities go far beyond the farm. The rural economy has diversified substantially since the mid-20th … Continue reading

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