Rural America

Feds Begin Distributing $7.5B to Rural Health Providers

The funding comes after the pandemic dealt a hit to rural America's already eroding health care system.

How One Rural Town Without a Pharmacy Is Crowdsourcing to Get Meds

"We’re a community that pulls together for the wellness of everyone.”

3 Essential Elements Governments Need to Expand Broadband

Dedicated offices, planning and technical assistance and competitive grant programs are key components for effective broadband efforts, says The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Hundreds of PPP Loans Went to Fake Farms in Absurd Places

An online lending platform called Kabbage sent 378 pandemic loans worth $7 million to fake companies (mostly farms) with names like “Deely Nuts” and “Beefy King.”

The Case for Moving Back to Your Hometown

COMMENTARY | I thought of home as a waiting room, the place I had to be until I could go somewhere else. Then I left, and missed it terribly.

Covid-19 Nomads Heed Pandemic Call of the Road

States want to attract well-heeled remote workers.

Covid Racial Disparities Loom Large in Rural Counties

As federal and state government officials ramp up vaccination efforts, white people outpace people of color in getting vaccinated.

‘It Didn’t Really Stick With Me’: Understanding the Rural Shrug Over Covid and Vaccines

Fort Scott, Kansas, was hit hard by the pandemic, and it no longer has a hospital. But residents remain skeptical about the impact of the coronavirus.

How One State’s Public Health Defunding Led to Vaccination Chaos

The situation in Missouri is contributing to racial inequity with vaccinations and forcing some people to drive hours to get shots.

Pandemic Drains Hospital Finances

Rural hospitals are expected to suffer the most.

How 18 Million Americans Could Move Into Rural Areas – Without Leaving Home

COMMENTARY | A pending proposal would reclassify dozens of communities from metropolitan to rural, potentially affecting their eligibility for certain federal funding and programs.

Queer in the Country: Why Some LGBTQ Americans Prefer Rural Life to Urban ‘Gayborhoods’

COMMENTARY | Research finds many LGBTQ people in rural areas view their sexual identity substantially differently from their urban counterparts – and question the merits of gay life in cities.

Rural Americans in Pharmacy Deserts Hurting for Covid Vaccines

Dozens of rural counties across the U.S. lack pharmacies, creating an added challenge for vaccination programs.

‘It’s Patchwork’: Rural Teachers Struggle to Connect in Pandemic

Some teachers are hand-delivering reading material to students’ homes.

Rural Communities Are Finally Getting Attention. So Where Do We Go from Here?

COMMENTARY | Despite a recent groundswell of interest, rural America still has unique challenges ahead.

Internet and Phone Services in Rural Texas Threatened as State Slashes Subsidies for Providers

A state fund that subsidizes rural network service is bleeding money. Now the state is drastically cutting the amount of money that it typically pays out to these service providers.

Rural Health Care is in Crisis—Here are Five Innovative Ways Biden Can Help it Transform

COMMENTARY | Twenty percent of the nation's population lives in rural areas, which in recent years have seen hospital closures and other health care challenges. The solutions will require more than just focusing on expanding broadband or insurance coverage.

With Fewer Resources, Rural America Tackles Vaccine Distribution

Rural clinics face unique challenges in connecting perishable vaccines with residents who often live miles away.

Farmers Can be Isolated and Unsure How to Seek Support. One State is Trying to Help.

Farmers in Wisconsin can access a 24-hour hotline, free counseling and, soon, virtual support groups. It's all part of a state-funded wellness program focused on the agricultural community.

Poll: Growing Share of Americans Would Choose Towns, Rural Areas Over Cities, Suburbs

A Gallup poll found 48% of Americans in 2020 preferred to live in towns or rural areas, compared to 39% in 2018.