Vulnerable Rural Counties: The Changing Landscape, 2000-2010
Our overall findings suggest that rural America experienced the recession that ended the 2000–2010 decade more severely than did urban America. Loss of income, declining population and reduced healthcare resources marked the period for most rural counties. Rural counties will need continued monitoring in the present decade to ascertain whether these adverse trends continue and to identify any policy approaches that can serve to ameliorate losses in healthcare services.
Rural and Minority Health Research Center
Kevin Bennett, Yu-Hsiu Lin, Matthew Yuen, Deshia Leonhirth, Janice Probst