Nonmetro persistently poor counties led the Nation in cumulative COVID-19 cases starting in late September 2020

Line chart showing total COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents, including in nonmetro counties (not persistent poverty), metro (not persistent poverty), nonmetro, persistent poverty and metro (persistent poverty) from Mar. 15, 2020, to Jan. 16, 2022.

By late January 2022, the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic resulted in 71 million cases and 860,000 deaths across the United States. The pandemic’s effects varied by location, however, with differences apparent in rural (nonmetro) and urban (metro) parts of the country, as well as between persistently poor counties and those that were not.

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