Rural America

Cash Bail Is Creating a Crisis in Rural Jails

A federal lawsuit alleges lack of due process in a rural Tennessee county, and reform advocates say its jail is hardly an outlier.

The Startling Inequality Gap That Emerges After Age 65

Seniors in urban areas and on the coasts are surviving longer than their counterparts in rural areas and the nation’s interior.

As US Coal Plants Shutter, One Town Tests an Off-Ramp

It's complicated for rural areas to recover from a coal plant closure — even with help.

Report: Two-Thirds of Counties Average Internet Speeds Slower Than Broadband

A new report by the National Association of Counties highlights slow internet connectivity speeds experienced acutely in small, rural counties.

Weak Business Growth Across Rural America Highlighted in New Report

It’s some of the latest research to look at the growing divide between thriving cities and other parts of the country that are lagging economically.

Here Are Some of the ‘Promising Practices’ in State Broadband Expansion

A new Pew Charitable Trusts report found that policies like “dig once” requirements can encourage better collaboration with internet service providers to expand access.

Eastern Kentucky Has Been Underwater, but You Probably Didn’t Notice

COMMENTARY | Central Appalachia has experienced catastrophic flooding. Most Americans have no idea this natural disaster has been happening.

Frustrated by Flawed Broadband Maps, States Are Trying to Create Their Own

The Federal Communications Commission’s broadband maps underestimate the number of households that lack internet service. State agencies are trying to gather better data.

Why Many Organic Farmers ‘Didn’t Notice the Trade War’

The dispute didn’t substantially harm one of fastest-growing sectors of U.S. agriculture.

USDA Issues Third, and Final, Trade Payment to Farmers

Farmer optimism is rising following a new trade deal with China.

Rural America’s Health Crisis Seizes States’ Attention

Many states are focused on making improvements, both large and small, to address health care problems in rural areas.

FCC Approves $20 Billion Rural Broadband Funding Plan

While proponents heralded the fund as a major step to close the "rural digital divide," Democrats on the commission warned that many areas that need internet won't get help.

Property Taxes Sink Farmland Owners

As farmland continues to increase in value, even amid declining farm prices and weather woes, farmers see their tax bills rise.

Feds Should Take Steps to Help Coordinate Rural Transit Service, Watchdog says

The Government Accountability Office says U.S. DOT lacks an adequate strategy for communicating and sharing information about rural transit coordination opportunities and best practices.

School Closures Can Hit Rural Communities Hard

COMMENTARY | The demise of local schools can also lead to the closure of local businesses and expedite population losses.

For Appalachian Counties, Jobs are Key for Opioid Recovery

Leaders from Appalachian counties shared their experiences battling the opioid epidemic, and pointed to economic opportunities for residents as an important part of the recovery effort.

Coping With Loss Of Hospital, Rural Town Realizes: We Don’t Need A Hospital

It’s been about a year since the hospital in Fort Scott, Kan., closed. The lessons for this community about meeting its residents’ health needs could provide insights for the rest of the country.

Grocery Delivery for Food Stamp Recipients Isn't Necessarily a Food Desert Solution

New research shows that letting SNAP recipients order groceries online for delivery works well in urban areas, but doesn’t provide much help to those in rural food deserts.

Poverty Grew in One-Third of Counties Despite Strong National Economy

Every state has at least one county where poverty increased since 2016.

Farmers’ Despair Pushes States to Act

At least seven states introduced bills to beef up rural mental health.