Comparisons of Rural Definitions

Lead researcher:
Project funded:
September 2014
Anticipated completion date:
December 2018

This project will lead to the creation of a mega rural and frontier website. This website will emphasize the use of various rural definitions and datasets for health care policy, policy analysis, and research. The website will have four components:

  1. An introduction to the use of geographic methods, especially geographic taxonomies regarding health care (e.g., critical literature review of all U.S. rural and frontier taxonomies and comparisons of the most commonly applied taxonomies), 21 pairwise comparisons with tables, maps, and text, and useful links to other websites
  2. Serve as the online home of RUCA 3
  3. Serve as the online home of FAR 1
  4. Contain a section describing various ways to define service areas and other types of regions.