Last Updated: May 21, 2015
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The report, entitled Opportunity for All: Fighting Rural Child Poverty, examines poverty in rural areas, compares trends and rates of urban and rural poverty, and highlights how programs like refundable tax credits, Social Security, SNAP, and housing assistance have lifted about 9.0 million rural people out of poverty in 2013, including about 1.6 million children.
In 2013, 6.2 million Americans in rural areas lived in poverty, including about 1.5 million children. In many of these rural communities, high rates of poverty have persisted for generations: Over 300 rural counties have had poverty rates of over 20 percent in every Census since 1980. By comparison, 52 metropolitan counties experienced persistent poverty over the same time period.
A couple of key findings of the report:
View the full report: Opportunity for All: Fighting Rural Child Poverty
Read the blog: Creating Opportunity for All in Rural Communities
Learn more about the White House Rural Council: Opportunity for All: White House Rural Council Launches "Rural Impact" Effort to Help Rural Children and Families Succeed