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Resources by Topic: Poverty

Rural Poverty Remains Regionally Concentrated
Map showing poverty rates for nonmetropolitan counties, based on 2012-2016 American Community Survey data.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Addressing Health and Health Care Needs in the United States-Mexico Border Region
Policy position brief describing geography and demographics of the border region, population health and health care issues, factors contributing to the crisis, public policy implications, and suggestions for addressing needs. Comprises Executive Summary and Full Report.
Author(s): Brian Lady, Carrie Henning-Smith, Susan Kunz
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities
Report highlights different outcomes and opinions of people in rural, suburban, and urban communities on a number of topics, including demographic shifts, urgent problems, and life satisfaction, among others. Features demographic data, a county level breakdown, and a case study highlighting a rural, suburban, and urban county.
Additional links: Full Report
Author(s): Kim Parker, Juliana Horowitz, Anna Brown, et al.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Map the Meal Gap 2018: A Report on County and Congressional District Food Insecurity and County Food Cost in the United States in 2016
Reports on county-level food insecurity and food price variation in 2016. Includes rural and regional demographics of food insecurity and child food insecurity rates by state.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Feeding America
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A Compass for Families: Head Start in Rural America
Report details the importance of Head Start programs to rural communities. Discusses the services Head Start provides for rural families, such as child care, connection to health services, and transportation, among others. Features county level data and rural-urban comparisons.
Author(s): Rasheed Malik, Leila Schochet
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for American Progress
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Rural Child Poverty Was Most Concentrated in the Mississippi Delta
Map showing average child poverty rates for rural counties, based on 2012-2016 American Community Survey data. Discusses the counties with the highest child poverty, including counties in the Mississippi Delta region.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Poverty Rates by Region and Metro/Nonmetro Status, 2012-2016
Bar chart showing metropolitan and nonmetro poverty rates for the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Poverty Rates by Race/Ethnicity and Metro/Nonmetro Residence, 2016
Bar chart comparing metropolitan and nonmetro poverty levels for whites, African Americans, American Indian/Alaska Natives, and Hispanic populations.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Nonmetro Poverty Rates Remain Higher than Metro
Line chart showing the metropolitan and nonmetro poverty rates, as well as the nonmetro-metro gap, from 1960 through 2016.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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2018 County Health Rankings Key Findings Report
Analyzes health factors and outcomes to report on county-level health disparities throughout the U.S. Discusses a variety of health measures, including low birth weight, residential segregation, child poverty, and teen birth. Covers key findings, and calls to action and community guidance to improve health outcomes for all health measures.
Additional links: 2018 State Health Reports
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
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