Thursday, April 19, 2012

Atlas of Small Town and Rural America is online

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has released the Atlas of Small Town and Rural America through its Economic Research Service. According to the atlas website, the ERS "promotes the well-being of rural America through research and analysis to better understand the economic, demographic, environmental, and social forces affecting rural regions and communities."

Screenshot of Atlas population map
The agency says the objectives of the atlas are to provide spatial interpretation of economic and social conditions in terms of people, jobs, agriculture and county classification; to highlight the importance of data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey; and, to allow use of socioeconomic indicators with county types to "better understand the diverse opportunities and challenges facing rural regions and communities." The atlas allows users to view county-level maps for more than 60 socioeconomic indicators and download a spreadsheet containing all the data for a selected county.

To access the atlas, click here.

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