Rural America Still Leads Nation in Poverty
"The increase in the number of poor Americans was heavily weighted in rural communities. Rural counties were home to just over 16% of the nation's population in 2008, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. But 33% of the increase in the number of poor Americans from '03 to ‘08 - more than one million people - was found in rural counties.
As a result, the gap between the poverty rates in urban and rural America widened, doubling between 2003 and 2008."