The Daily Yonder blog began on July 14 an examination of what has happened to rural America during the last decade. Its post on that day began to look at changes in population, ethnicity, age groups and education.
That day’s post has many interesting maps and charts that illustrate these changes.
The blog reports that, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the nation’s total population increased 9.1% between 2000 and 2009, a total of 25.5 million people, but that "Population increases in rural counties lagged, however. The population of the nation’s 2,038 rural counties increased by just 2.9% in the decade."
It continues: "By the end of the decade, the United States had grown less rural. In 2000, 17.3% of the nation’s population lived in rural counties, which decreased to 16.4% just nine years later."