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Community Snapshot

Working Class Country counties are heavily clustered in specific rural communities in the eastern half of the United States including Appalachia, the Ozarks and the upper-Midwest.

Home to 8.3 million people, Working Class Country is blue-collar America with a rural overlay. These counties generally don’t rely on agriculture but rather exist as small service economies with some small manufacturing. Their average median household income of $49,500 sits about $18,000 below the national median, and the percentage of people with a college degree, 18.1%, is roughly half the national average. Working Class Country counties tend to be older than the nation at large: About 22% of the population in the type are older than age 65. Nationally that figure is 16.5%. Violent crimes rates are low as are home costs.

Rural Population

81% Percent in rural areas

Vol. 3 2020-2021

Deaths of Despair Across America

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