About a quarter of the nation’s most rural counties have an increasing number of “severely cost-burdened” residents, in contrast to urban areas, where residents have seen their incomes rise since the end of the Great Recession.
Democratic leaders and President Donald Trump have agreed to spend $2 trillion on improving U.S. waterways, bridges, power grids, and broadband infrastructure but stopped short of detailing how they will pay for it.
For two years now, the number of people living in rural areas of the country has increased, adding on average 35,000 residents per year.
Alaska’s key rivers are thawing earlier than usual following higher winter and spring temperatures, making it difficult for rural Alaskans who use frozen rivers for travel.
While much has been reported on the ever-increasing rents in urban areas around the United States, rural residents face the same pressures to pay for housing yet have fewer resources to draw on to overcome these challenges.