Why the Census Matters for Rural America

By: Cara Brumfield, Georgetown Law Center on Poverty and Inequality

February 26, 2020

Census data are used to determine which areas are considered rural and help researchers understand the characteristics and needs of rural America's population. Policymakers use census data to make decisions about how to allocate federal funding for programs that service rural America. The digital divide and hard-to-count areas and populations make a fair and accurate count of rural America more challenging. (Read more)