|Rural/urban vaccination rates as of June 7, compared to national average and adjusted to account for vaccinations not assigned to specific counties. Map by The Daily Yonder; click the image to enlarge it or here for the interactive version.|
As of Tuesday, 15 states had fully vaccinated more than 40 percent of their rural residents, surpassing the nationwide metropolitan vaccination average. Two weeks ago, only seven states had done so.
"Nationally, 32.5% of the 46 million residents who live in nonmetropolitan counties are completely vaccinated, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and selected state health departments," Tim Murphy and Tim Marema report for The Daily Yonder. The rural-urban vaccination gap is still hovering around 7.5 percentage points. The trend is difficult to pinpoint because the Yonder included county-level data from Texas and Hawaii in this week's report for the first time. A recent Harvard University study and interactive tool has more insight on the rural-urban gap.
Click here for more data, charts and regional analysis from the Yonder, including an interactive county-level map.