97% of America's land area is considered rural. Source: Prof. Andrew M. Isserman, University of Illinois, 2007. 20% of Americans live in rural areas.
If rural America were a separate country, it would rank as the world's 23rd largest nation, Source: The Center for Rural Strategies, “RURAL REALITY vs. REALITY TV: ANATOMY OF A PUBLIC AWARENESS CAMPAIGN” just behind France, Great Britain, & Italy.
Of the 250 poorest counties in America, 244 are rural. The rural poverty rate is 21% higher than in metropolitan areas.
50% of rural Americans consider themselves "conservatives." In non-rural communities this figure is around 40%. Source: Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research
Rural communities have the highest voter registration rates in the U.S. Source: Election Data Services, Inc., 2004 Election Day Survey Report However, rural areas report the lowest voting rates in the nation.
"Rural Utopia" Rural life is simple. Source: Kellogg Foundation, How to Talk Rural Issues , 2005. Poverty is a virtue. They take care of themselves. They chose this lifestyle. Stereotype:
"Rural Dystopia" Rural communities are backward. Source: Kellogg Foundation, How to Talk Rural Issues , 2005. They are "others," separate and different from the rest of America. Stereotype:
"Change is the Biggest Problem" Rural America is a victim of urban encroachment and modernization. Source: Kellogg Foundation, How to Talk Rural Issues , 2005. Stereotype:
"Rural Needs Protection" Rural areas should be treated like museums with a no-touch, no-change policy. Source: Kellogg Foundation, How to Talk Rural Issues , 2005. Stereotype:
Rural areas are America's vacation land. Let’s not spoil it. "Rural Needs Planning" Source: Kellogg Foundation, How to Talk Rural Issues , 2005. Stereotype: