Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-261) 24 pp

November 2023

Rural America at a Glance: 2023 Edition

After a decade of overall loss, the U.S. rural population is growing again, with growth of approximately a quarter percent from 2020 to 2022. The rural population is also experiencing declines in poverty, with 9.7 percent fewer nonmetro counties in 2021 experiencing persistent poverty compared with a decade earlier. Still, more than half of extremely low-income nonmetro renter households experienced housing insecurity. The 2023 edition of Rural America at a Glance examines rural population and migration trends, poverty, housing insecurity, unemployment, and clean energy jobs. It finds that rural employment levels and annual growth rates have nearly returned to levels seen prior to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

How to Cite:

Davis, J.C., Cromartie, J., Farrigan, T., Genetin, B., Sanders, A., & Winikoff, J.B. (2023). Rural America at a glance: 2023 edition (Report No. EIB-261). U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service.

Keywords: Rural America, rural, population, migration, rural poverty, nonmetropolitan, enduring poverty, housing insecurity, employment, clean energy jobs, rural population, migration trends

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