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The Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America assembles statistics on four broad categories of socioeconomic factors:

  • People: Demographic data from the latest American Community Survey, including age, race and ethnicity, migration and immigration, education, household size and family composition. Data have been added on veterans, including service period, education, unemployment, income, and demographic characteristics.
  • Jobs: Economic data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources, including information on employment trends, unemployment, industrial composition, and household income.
  • Agriculture: Indicators from the latest Census of Agriculture, including number and size of farms, operator characteristics, off-farm income, and government payments.
  • County classifications: The rural-urban continuum, economic dependence, persistent poverty, population loss, onshore oil/natural gas counties, and other ERS county codes.

What can users do with the Atlas?

  • View county-level maps for over 60 socioeconomic indicators
  • View the entire country or zoom into specific regions, States, or county areas
  • View a selected socioeconomic indicator just for counties of a certain type (such as nonmetro, farming-dependent, persistent poverty); counties that fall outside of the selected county type are grayed out
  • For any county, view a pop-up window showing all the indicators for that county
  • Print a version of the map or save the image in a graphics-file format that may be added to documents or presentations
  • Download a spreadsheet containing all the data for a selected county or for all U.S. counties.

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For Developers: grab the API.

Last updated: Friday, July 11, 2014

For more information contact: John Cromartie