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“Rural” regions are generally defined as sparsely populated areas, or loosely gathered groups of people, outside of a designated city limit.1 Rural regions are home to the majority of the world’s impoverished population.2 In a survey of 105 nations, 85 percent of all individuals who fall under the Multidimensional Poverty Index live in rural regions.3 Many lack access to adequate healthcare, education, clean water or electricity.4 There are an estimated 1,214,322 people in poverty in rural areas around the world.5 In the United States, 16.7 percent of the rural population fell below the poverty line while just 13 percent of the urban population fell below the poverty line.6 Approximately a third of the working poor in rural areas have incomes lower than 50 percent of the poverty line — $12,000 a year for a family of four.7 Show References
1 https://www.hrsa.gov/rural-health/about-us/definition/index.html 2 https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/poverty/overview 3 https://www.ophi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Poverty-in-Rural-and-Urban-Areas-Direct-Comparisons-using-the-Global-MPI-2014.pdf 4 https://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/poverty/overview 5 https://www.ophi.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/Poverty-in-Rural-and-Urban-Areas-Direct-Comparisons-using-the-Global-MPI-2014.pdf 6 https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/six-charts-illustrate-divide-rural-urban-america 7 https://www.pbs.org/newshour/nation/six-charts-illustrate-divide-rural-urban-america
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