Community Snapshot

Marked by the presence of troops and bases, these 89 counties are located largely in rural locales.

The average median income in Military Posts sits just above the national average at $57,700. These communities are fairly well-educated compared to other American Communities Project (ACP) types, over a quarter of the people have a college degree. Despite the high levels of education, the youth of the counties in this type shines through incidents involving alcohol and sexually transmitted infections. These communities report 6% more alcohol impaired driving deaths and 35 more chlamydia cases per 100,000 population than the national averages. Physical health is not emphasized as much here as in other places, with adult obesity climbing 4% above the national average and physical inactivity hovering just above the average as well.

Adult Obesity

32% Obese Population

Percentage of adults that report a BMI of 30 or more

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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