Community Snapshot

There are 161 counties in this group set on the Great Plains, only about 3,500 people per county on average.

Roughly 569,000 people live in the Aging Farmlands. About 92% of them live in a rural area, according to the US Census. These areas experience low rates of higher education, only 19.6% have a college degree, compared to the national average of about 30%. Unemployment in the Aging Farmlands sits low at 3%. Though these areas are not prone to excessive drinking, the percentage of driving deaths involving alcohol is 33%, 14% higher than the national average.

Senior Population

23.9% age 65 and over

Vol. 1 October 2018

Health and Place in America

The American Communities Project releases its first report supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

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