Where Is "Rural America," and What Does It Look Like?


With in-depth demographic research, Kenneth Johnson not only defines "rural America," but makes clear its place in the broader culture of the United States.

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Kenneth Johnson is an expert on U.S. demographic trends, with specific expertise on the growing racial diversity of the U.S. population, the relationship between demographic and environmental change, and the implications of demographic change for public policy. As a result, this Andrew Carnegie Fellow provides a distinctive viewpoint on defining "rural America."

"Few people appreciate that the fates of rural and urban America are inextricably linked... A vibrant rural America broadens the nation’s economic, intellectual, and culture diversity."

Where is ‘rural America,’ and what does it look like?