|Screenshot of Daily Yonder map; for interactive version with county data, click here.|
In an evolving shift, "The nation's rural population grew slightly last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. While the increase was small, it is one more indication that historic losses in non-metropolitan population in the 2010s have been reversed for the time being," report Tim Marema and Sarah Melotte of The Daily Yonder. "Domestic and international migration drove the growth in the rural population in 2022," but the growth was in counties near metropolitan areas, not remoter rural counties.
The Yonder reports the overall numbers: "The number of people living in non-metropolitan counties grew by 56,000 from 2021 to 2022. That's an increase of 0.12%, about the same as rural America's population gain two years ago, according to the annual Census population estimates."
|Washington Post map shows changes in county population, with size of dots reflecting actual numbers.|