Rural Poverty Rising
The Daily Yonder pores through data from the U.S. Census Bureau to show how poverty is growing in rural America, and how that poverty ranges.
"Rural, urban and exurban poverty rates were higher in 2009 than before the recession began in late 2007. The 2009 rates for urban, rural and exurban counties were all about one percentage point higher than the rates in 2006.
There were 8.3 million people living below the poverty line in rural counties in 2009, half a million more than in 2006.
Nationally 42.4 million people fell below the poverty line in 2009, 4 million more than before the recession began."