Rural: Where Is It Anyway?

There are almost as many definitions of "rural" as there are persons who use the definition. Most often rural is identified by default when defining that which is urban.

To help clarify the most commonly used definitions of "urban" and "rural," the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health has compiled this .pdf icon resource list. What follows are the definitions developed by the organizations that provide the authoritative definitions of rural and urban: the U.S. Census Bureau, the Office of Management and Budget, the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, and the Center for Rural Pennsylvania. Maps showing how the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania is defined using the 1990 and 2000 U.S. Census data are provided to allow for comparison.

Review the document, .pdf icon Rural: Where Is It Anyway?