Rural America

Rural America Sees Biggest Income Dips—and Jumps

Per capita income in the United States rose 4% last year to $54,000.

Rural Communities Look to Jails for Revenue

A new report found that rural areas are increasingly renting out jail beds to places with overcrowded facilities in an effort to bring in more revenue.

Rural Areas Hope to Get More From National Service Programs

Limited housing, transportation make rural areas less attractive to participants.

Farmers Struggle as Hemp Harvest Winds Down

Many hemp growers won’t make much money, and some might go bust.

Rural Seasonal Workers Worry About Medicaid Work Requirements

State officials in Montana estimate that up to 12,000 people will lose health coverage when work requirements are put in place.

Farm Bankruptcies Rise in Over Half of States

Farm debt is also expected to reach its highest ever level in 2019.

Rural and Safety Net Hospitals Prepare for Cut in Federal Support

Many safety net and rural hospitals have slim or negative operating margins.

‘Rural America is Not an Economic Liability’

A think-tank drills down into the variation across the nation’s rural economies and looks for where opportunities might lie.

As Local News Outlets Shutter, Rural America Suffers Most

More than 500 rural newspapers have closed or merged since 2004.

Rural Hospital Closings Reach Crisis Stage, Leaving Millions Without Nearby Health Care

COMMENTARY | More than 20% of our nation’s rural hospitals, or 430 hospitals across 43 states, are near collapse.

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High School Students are Less Likely to Attempt Suicide if They Trust Adults, Study Says

New research about rural high school students found that suicide prevention should involve fostering strong connections to adult staff members.

County Leaders Lobby for Federal Lands Money

Local governments received $514 million last year through a program meant to compensate them for the property taxes they are unable to collect from federal lands.

Smithsonian to Rural Regions: Your Wealth Is in Your Culture

A traveling exhibit will visit up to 165 rural cities across 28 states.

Hospital Closures in Rural Areas Linked With Uptick in Inpatient Deaths, Study Finds

New research focused on California finds that hospital closures in urban areas didn’t have the same effect.

After A Rural Hospital Closes, Delays In Emergency Care Cost Patients Dearly

Nationwide, more than 110 rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and in each instance a community struggles to survive in its own way.

Rural America Has a Maternal Mortality Problem. Midwives Might Help Solve It.

Hospitals are shutting down across rural America, creating a shortage of care.

Why the 2020 Census Matters for Rural Americans

COMMENTARY | People living in rural and small town America in particular have much at stake in the 2020 census. Unfortunately, census participation tends to be lower in rural areas.

Watchdog Warns Census 'Short on Time' While Using Untested New Methods

The 2020 Census will for the first time allow respondents to answer surveys online, but the Census Bureau hasn’t been able to test to ensure all new innovative methods will function correctly when deployed, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Exchange Programs Think Beyond Urban vs. Rural

States swap city, country residents to foster connection in a divisive political climate.