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New Census Data Highlights Differences Between Rural And Urban America

Residents of rural areas are significantly more likely to be married and live in the state they were born than people who live in urban communities. That’s according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community survey comparing the two areas.

The new numbers show that roughly 47 million adults live in rural areas. That’s about one-fifth of the U.S. population.

Not all rural counties are created equal.

On the east coast many rural communities are centered around manufacturing. In states like Arizona, rural counties are made up largely by Native American reservations and ranching operations.

By 2015 urban residents were 22 percent less likely to own a house than rural. They were also 10 percent less likely to be married than their rural counterparts.

However, both communities saw median household incomes within the $50,000 range.

Carrie Jung Senior Field Correspondent, Education Desk Carrie Jung began her public radio career in Albuquerque, N.M., where she fell in love with the diverse cultural scene and unique political environment of the Southwest. Jung has been heard on KJZZ since 2013 when she served as a regular contributor to the Fronteras Desk from KUNM Albuquerque. She covered several major stories there including New Mexico's Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage and Albuquerque's failed voter initiative to ban late-term abortions. Jung has also contributed stories about environmental and Native American issues to NPR's Morning Edition, PRI's The World, Al Jazeera America, WNYC's The Takeaway, and National Native News. She earned a bachelor's degree in psychology and a master's in marketing, both from Clemson University. When Jung isn't producing content for KJZZ she can usually be found buried beneath mounds of fabric and quilting supplies. She recently co-authored a book, "Sweet And Simple Sewing," with her mother and sister, who are fabric designers.