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When it comes to poverty, metro areas decreased by 2 percent and suburban ones by 1 percent, while poverty increased 0.2 percent in rural areas, Marema writes. "The absolute number of people living in federally defined poverty in rural America actually decreased from 2014 to 2015. But the percentage of people living in poverty climbed because the overall rural population shrunk. Non-metro population in 2015 was about 44 million, a decline of about 11 percent from the 2014 rural population estimate of about 50 million, the report said."