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Resources by Topic: Income

Rural America at a Glance, 2019 Edition
Provides an overview of social and economic factors affecting rural America, with a focus on trends impacting rural areas after the end of the 2009 recession. Includes data on population, employment and labor force participation, poverty, and income.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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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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Income and Poverty in the United States: 2018
Reports on income levels and the number of people in poverty for 2017 and 2018, along with the percent change from 2017 to 2018. Includes statistics for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. Based on data from the 2019 and earlier Current Population Survey Annual Social and Economic Supplements.
Author(s): Jessica Semega, Melissa Kollar, John Creamer, Abinash Mohanty
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Tracking Change in the North Country
Summarizes the findings of several studies focused on the rural community of Coos County, New Hampshire and surrounding areas transitioning from a manufacturing to a tourism based economy. Includes the results from a survey of rural adults to understand their perceptions of the economic, social, and environmental issues in their community. Discusses a 10-year study of youth health and social behavior including their attachment to school and community, expectations for the future, and decisions regarding where they want to live and work as young adults.
Author(s): Eleanor Jaffee
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Understanding Low-Income and Low-Access Census Tracts Across the Nation: Subnational and Subpopulation Estimates of Access to Healthy Food
Examines access to food stores by state, metropolitan, and micropolitan area as a proxy for healthy food access. Estimates rural areas' distance to the nearest and third-nearest food store with breakdowns by race/ethnicity, income, age, vehicle access, and participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
Additional links: Report Summary
Author(s): Alana Rhone, Michele Ver Ploeg, Ryan Williams, Vince Breneman
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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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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Practicing Medicine in Rural America: Listening to Primary Care Physicians
Reports on focus group research and interviews with primary care physicians regarding the challenges of serving rural, low-income patients. Highlights issues related to poverty, healthy food access, mental health, substance abuse, specialty care access, and transportation. Third post in the series "Listening to Primary Care Physicians for Low-Income Patients."
Author(s): Shanoor Seervai
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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2018 National Survey of Health Attitudes: Description and Top-Line Summary Data
Results of a survey designed to provide insight into how people in the U.S. think about, value, and prioritize health and issues of health equity. Appendix A shows survey results comparing populations by city size, with breakdowns by rural areas, small towns, midsized cities, and large cities, and Appendix B features statistics comparing urban and rural areas.
Additional links: Appendix A: Survey Results Comparing Populations by City Size, Appendix B: Survey Results Comparing Urban and Rural Populations
Author(s): Katherine Grace Carman, Anita Chandra, Sarah Weilant, Carolyn Miller, Margaret Tait
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: RAND Corporation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Poverty Rates/Median Household Income in the United States by County Type: 2013-2017
Bar charts showing poverty rates and median household income for all counties, mostly urban counties, mostly rural counties, and completely rural counties.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Median Household Income for Counties in the United States: 2013-2017
National map showing median household income by county.
Additional links: Completely Rural Counties, Mostly Rural Counties, Mostly Urban Counties
Date: 12/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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