County Poverty Typology RUPRI researchers examined county poverty rate dynamics over a 50 year period. Aside from 347 persistent poverty counties, a set of "new entrants" to high poverty status have emerged. High poverty is measured as a poverty rate of 20% or higher in the ACS or Decennial Census data.
RUPRI Updates the Isserman County Classification Codes Recently, RUPRI applied Andy Isserman’s county classification criteria to the 2010 Census data, to update these codes.The result shows 2,794 counties did not change categories, while 300 counties moved to a different category.Based on the updated data, 183 counties are classified as “urban;” 194 counties are classified as “mixed urban;” 1,002 counties are “mixed rural;” and 1,764 counties are “rural.”
How Rural are Congressional Districts? The Census Bureau has tabulated rural and urban population data for the 113th Congressional Districts. How rural are districts? Interestingly, the most rural districts (in terms of the percent of population that is rural) are east of the Mississippi.