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: The rural-urban continuum, economic dependence, 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 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.

Errata: On March 9, 2018, the Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America was reposted to update the variables that were identified as using the American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year average for 2012-16, under the map tabs for Jobs (4 mapped variables), People (13 variables), Veterans (all variables), and County Classifications (1 variable). Due to a programming error, these variables used the 2011-15 ACS and not the latest (2012-16) estimates. ACS-based variables under the Income tab were not affected, and those data are unchanged. The two files that provide raw data for download (in Excel and in a zipped file of CSV format) were also not affected.

Data last revised June 7, 2018. The next update is planned for January 2019.