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. 2 September 2019

A New Portrait of Rural America

The American Communities Project uses its data and on-the-ground reporting to explore differences and blow up the mythology of rural America.

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