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Rural Definitions

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posted on 2024-05-02, 01:02 authored by USDA Economic Research Service
Note: Updates to this data product are discontinued. Dozens of definitions are currently used by Federal and State agencies, researchers, and policymakers. The ERS Rural Definitions data product allows users to make comparisons among nine representative rural definitions. Methods of designating the urban periphery range from the use of municipal boundaries to definitions based on counties. Definitions based on municipal boundaries may classify as rural much of what would typically be considered suburban. Definitions that delineate the urban periphery based on counties may include extensive segments of a county that many would consider rural. We have selected a representative set of nine alternative rural definitions and compare social and economic indicators from the 2000 decennial census across the nine definitions. We chose socioeconomic indicators (population, education, poverty, etc.) that are commonly used to highlight differences between urban and rural areas.

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USDA-ERS

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Website Administrator

Data contact email

webadmin@ers.usda.gov

Publisher

Economic Research Service, Department of Agriculture

Theme

  • Not specified

Geographic location - description

United States

ISO Topic Category

  • economy

National Agricultural Library Thesaurus terms

economics; agricultural economics

OMB Bureau Code

  • 005:13 - Economic Research Service

OMB Program Code

  • 005:041 - Economic Research, Market Outlook, and Policy Analysis

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Public Access Level

  • Public

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