An overwhelming percentage of the United States — about 97 percent— is considered rural, but is home to only a small percentage of the population — about 19 percent. The remaining 80 percent live in urban areas, according to the Census Bureau.
This is a big shift from 100 years ago when the urban, rural split was nearly 50/50 reported the Monthly Labor Review.
Chinni is the head of the American Communities Project at American University and writer for the Politics Counts blog. Guo is a reporter for the Washington Post who focuses on economics.
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