Economic Information Bulletin No. (EIB-221) 6 pp

December 2020

Rural America at a Glance: 2020 Edition

The rural share of COVID-19 cases and deaths increased markedly during the fall of 2020. Rural areas have 14 percent of the population but accounted for 27 percent of COVID-19 deaths during the last 3 weeks of October 2020. Factors likely contributing to this higher rural share include an older population with underlying health issues, living farther away from hospitals, and who are less likely to have health insurance.

See related webinar: Webinar: Rural America at a Glance: 2020 Edition

For more information, see: The COVID-19 Pandemic and Rural America and The Meatpacking Industry in Rural America During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Keywords: COVID-19, coronavirus, pandemic, social distance, unemployment, rural, urban, metro, nonmetro, infection, meatpacking, healthcare, mortality, health insurance, hospital, prevention, treatment, medical center, intensive care unit, symptom

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