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Electronic Rural Atlas Available

Electronic Rural Atlas Available

Tool can geographically compare selected states or regions.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced the debut of an online mapping tool that captures a broad range of demographic, economic, and agricultural data on rural areas across the United States.  The Atlas of Rural and Small-town America, developed by USDA's Economic Research Service, provides county-level mapping of over 60 statistical indicators depicting conditions and trends across different types of non-metro regions.

The Atlas allows users to geographically compare selected states or regions using data on population, age structure, race and ethnicity, income, employment, agricultural well-being, and other measures.  Maps can be filtered to show only counties of a certain type, such as those with high levels of manufacturing or with persistent poverty. For example, this option could be used to show high unemployment in manufacturing-dependent counties. 

Secretary Vilsack says the new Atlas will complement USDA's efforts in promoting rural development and well-being by helping policy makers pinpoint the needs of particular regions, recognize their diversity, and build on their assets. The Atlas is part of a broad USDA initiative to make relevant data easily accessible to the public, including researchers, journalists, public officials, and other professionals.

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