Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America

The Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America provides statistics by broad categories of socioeconomic factors:

  • People: Demographic data from the American Community Survey (ACS), including age, race and ethnicity, migration and immigration, education, household size, and family composition.
  • Jobs: Economic data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources, including information on employment trends, unemployment, and industrial composition of employment from the ACS.
  • County classifications: Categorical variables including the rural-urban continuum codes, economic dependence codes, persistent poverty, persistent child poverty, population loss, onshore oil/natural gas counties, and other ERS county typology codes.
  • Income: Data on median household income, per capita income, and poverty (including child poverty).
  • Veterans: Data on veterans, including service period, education, unemployment, income, and other demographic characteristics.

What can users do with the atlas?

  • View county-level maps for socioeconomic indicators.
  • View the entire country or zoom into specific regions, States, or county areas.
  • For any county, view a pop-up window showing data for the indicators in the broad category for that county, with the option to download the selection.
  • Print a version of the map or save the image in a graphics-file format that may be added to a document or presentation.
  • Download a spreadsheet or CSV files containing all the data items for all U.S. counties.

Data as of July 2, 2020. The atlas has been updated to include county population estimates and annual unemployment/employment data for 2019.

Last updated: Friday, August 28, 2020

For more information, contact: John Cromartie