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Resources by Topic: Educational attainment

The Older Population in Rural America: 2012-2016
Describes the rural older population, those 65 years and older, compared to urban older adults. Includes rural-urban data on population size for the nation, by region, and by state. Also covers demographic, social, and economic characteristics, age distribution, and sex ratio by age. Some data is available by level of rurality for mostly urban, mostly rural, and completely rural counties.
Author(s): Amy Symens Smith, Edward Trevelyan
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Planting the Seeds, Working the Land: Postsecondary Programs in Rural Areas
Focuses on challenges and opportunities related to postsecondary education in rural areas. Addresses how state legislatures are responding and what community and technical colleges can do to help, including examples of model programs. Identifies education as a social determinant of health and includes examples related to health education, particularly state loan repayment legislation.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Conference of State Legislatures
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2013-2017 American Community Survey Chartbook
Presents data form the American Community Survey for Appalachia from 2013-2017. Details data pertaining to health insurance coverage, transportation, and internet access, among other measures.
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Education and Health: Long-Term Trends by Race, Ethnicity, and Geography, 1997-2017
Results of a study assessing trends in disparities among nonelderly adults in measures of general health, mental health, limitations in activity, and obesity, by educational attainment. Features statistics with breakdowns by demographics, socioeconomic characteristics, and urban or rural location.
Author(s): Stacey McMorrow, Laura Skopec, Tyler W. Thomas
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Urban Institute
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The Promise of Adolescence: Realizing Opportunity for All Youth
Focuses on the impact of social determinants of health on adolescents. Discusses adolescent development; how the environment affects biology; and how societal factors such as education, healthcare, the child welfare system, and the justice system create disparities. Offers recommendations for each area and includes some discussion of rural disparities in the health system chapter.
Additional links: Read Online, Report Highlights
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Rural-Urban Earnings Gap by Educational Attainment, 2017
Chart showing the gap in median earnings between rural and urban adults age 25 and older with different levels of education. Uses data from the 2017 American Community Survey.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Educational Attainment in Rural and Urban Areas, 2000 and 2017
Chart showing educational attainment in rural and urban areas for adults age 25 and older, using data from the Census 2000 and 2017 American Community Survey.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Nonmetro Education Levels Are Improving, But Still Lag Metro
Stacked bar chart showing educational attainment for adults age 25 and over in 2000 and 2017 for metropolitan and nonmetro areas.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Growth and Persistence of Place-Based Mortality in the United States: The Rural Mortality Penalty
Examines CDC online epidemiologic research data from 1970 to 2016 for urban and rural county mortality trends. Uses U.S. Census data and Bureau of Economic Analysis data to investigate the effects of rurality, education, poverty, income, and race on mortality.
Author(s): Arthur G. Cosby, M. Maya McDoom-Echebiri, Wesley James, Hasna Khandekar, Willie Brown, Heather L. Hanna
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 109(1), 155–162
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
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Rural Residents with Higher Educational Attainment Were More Likely to Engage in Telehealth Activities
Bar chart showing use of telehealth for health monitoring, health maintenance, and health research by education level for rural residents.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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