Community Snapshot

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

Roughly 541,000 people live in the Aging Farmlands. About 96% of them live in a rural area, according to the US Census. These areas experience low rates of higher education, only 21.4% have a college degree, compared to the national average of about 33%. 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 29%, two percentage points  higher than the national average.

Senior Population

26% age 65 and over

Vol. 3 2020-2021

Deaths of Despair Across America

The American Communities Project is undertaking a 30-month study of Deaths of Despair in its 15 community types.

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