While most rural counties lost population during the past decade, the remaining counties’ population growth meant there was less than 1 percent overall rural population loss, according to a recent Daily Yonder review of early 2020 Census numbers. But as the country grew, the proportion of people living in rural or nonmetro counties did not.
“As of 2020, 13.9% of the U.S. population lives in a rural or nonmetropolitan county. That’s down from 15% in 2010,” the news article states.
And population is closely related to region, with coastal counties adding people, and midwestern, southern and Great Plains losing them.
To read the full story and visit the interactive map, go here: Rural Population Declines Slightly over Last Decade, Census Shows – The Daily Yonder