Rural Map and Dashboard

Our Rural Map and Dashboard helps answer the common question: “How do we define rural?” Informed by nuanced feedback from our grantee network, the Dashboard provides rural classifications for each of the country’s census tracts, and can be sorted by state, county, congressional, and legislative districts. The Dashboard also provides detailed insight into voting trends and demographics.

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A tool for understanding rural

The Rural Map and Dashboard is built on census tracts and draws from map shape files, Daily Yonder county codes, and population density. Use this tool to analyze data by state, county, legislative, and congressional districts.

Created by:
Heartland Fund

Updated Regularly

Identify Rural & Small City/Town

We classify geographies using a combination of county codes from the USDA and Daily Yonder, municipal population size, proximity to larger municipalities, and population density. Using these metrics, the Rural Dashboard determines the number of urban, suburban, small-town, and rural residents in each state, county, and district

Analyze an area of focus

Users can filter an area by state, county, district, or rurality. Then for that area, review its population, demographics, and past election result. This tool allows users to better understand the impact of rural and small-town voters in their state or district.

State Snapshot

Want to view detailed data for more than two states at a time? Try our State Snapshot, which ranks all 50 states by their population share and other electoral and demographic factors, drawing from our map.

State Snapshot

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