Vaccination rates are higher in U.S. metro than in nonmetro counties, while the gap between persistently poor counties and counties that are not persistently poor is closing

Line chart showing COVID-19 vaccination rates in U.S. counties, comparing metro (not persistent poverty), nonmetro (not persistent poverty), metro (persistent poverty), and nonmetro (persistent poverty) from January 3, 2021 to January 15, 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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