How Things Have Changed (Selected Rural Statistics)

  • Increase in number of certified Critical Access Hospitals: 1,026 or 44 percent (from 298 CAHs in 2000 to 1,324 CAHs in 2010)
    Source: National Rural Health Resource Center (TASC)
  • Increase in number of ob/gyns in urban areas: from 60 per 1,000 residents in 2002 to 101 per 1,000 in 2010. Meanwhile, the number of ob/gyns in rural areas (Micropolitan, small adjacent and remote) has remained exactly the same.
    Source: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
  • Increase in nonmetro poverty rate: from 13.4 percent in 2000 to 17.0 percent in 2011
    Sources: USDA Economic Research Service, Rural Poverty at Record Low in 2000 and Rural America At A Glance, 2012 Edition.
  • Change in percent of the total U.S. population that is rural: from 21 percent in 2000 to 19 percent in 2010
    Source: 2010 Census Urban and Rural Classification and Urban Area Criteria
  • Increase in the number of nonmetro residents over the age of 25 with high school diplomas – from 77 percent in 2000 to nearly 82 percent in 2010.
    Source: Housing Assistance Council
  • The number of elderly in nonmetro areas has increased over the decades. In 2010, more than one quarter of all U.S. seniors were living in rural and small town areas.
    Source: Housing Assistance Council

Special thanks to Kathy Spencer, Information Specialist at the Rural Assistance Center (renamed Rural Health Information Hub 12/15), for pulling the statistics in this list together.

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