USDA Economic Research Service Releases Atlas of Rural and Small Town America

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The rural atlas, maintained and updated each year by the Economic Research Service (ERS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, features an interactive map with county-level data.  The report provides statistics on three broad categories of socioeconomic factors:  demographics, including migration and immigration, education, and characteristics of veteran population;  jobs, with employment trends, industrial composition, and household income; and county classifications that include the rural-urban continuum, economic dependence, persistent poverty, and other characteristics. 

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