Rural America

Trump Census Plan Might Leave Out Some Legal Residents

Many U.S. citizens who live in rural or tribal areas lack a paper trail.

Strained Rural Water Utilities Buckle Under Pandemic Pressure

Rural water service has missed out on federal and state pandemic relief.

Prognosis for Rural Hospitals Worsens With Pandemic

Financially troubled hospitals found themselves struggling even more as patients began postponing doctor appointments and elective surgery.

Rural Hospitals Hang on as Pandemic Reaches Smaller Communities

As the pandemic persists, it’s unclear how long struggling rural hospitals can hang on.

Pandemic, China Trade Deal Fuel Farmer Doubts

A U.S.-China trade deal is falling short on its commitments.

Why Rural America Is Joining the Movement for Black Lives

Officers may be neighbors, making the rural response uniquely personal.

It’s Time to Rethink the Disrupted US Food System From the Ground Up

COMMENTARY | The soil that produces our nation’s food supply is a weakened link slowly failing under ongoing strain.

In a Rural Valley, Virus Threat Hangs Heavy Over Summer Tourist Season

Washington’s Methow Valley is a magnet for tourists and people looking to get into the outdoors. But the coronavirus outbreak is stirring mixed reactions about visitors.

Small Rural Businesses Fight for Bailout Aid

Unclear federal guidance has deterred many rural business owners from applying for help.

Rural Destinations ‘Ready to Reopen’ But Fear Virus

Communities are weighing their economic needs against their infection fears.

Under Social Distancing, Rural Regions Push For More Broadband

More than a fifth of Americans in rural areas lack broadband.

Youth, Disconnected: Coronavirus Leaves Some Behind

Up to 1 in 4 rural teens and young adults are not in school or working.

Rural, Intercity Bus Companies Hit Hard by Pandemic

Ninety percent of small intercity bus companies have closed.

Some Local Officials Lash Out At State Restrictions to Combat Virus

Sheriffs and some Republican local officials in a few Democratic-led states are saying they won’t enforce governors’ orders, and at least one is vowing a challenge in court.

Who Has the Right to Shelter in a Small Town?

COMMENTARY | People are fleeing big cities for rural areas in an attempt to outrun COVID-19. In Marfa, Texas, that has divided the community.

Coronavirus Threatens Strained Rural Health Care System

In rural areas, there are fewer hospitals, residents travel longer distances to get medical care, and a higher proportion of people are older, poorer, and sicker.

Cash Bail Is Creating a Crisis in Rural Jails

A federal lawsuit alleges lack of due process in a rural Tennessee county, and reform advocates say its jail is hardly an outlier.

The Startling Inequality Gap That Emerges After Age 65

Seniors in urban areas and on the coasts are surviving longer than their counterparts in rural areas and the nation’s interior.

As US Coal Plants Shutter, One Town Tests an Off-Ramp

It's complicated for rural areas to recover from a coal plant closure — even with help.