ERIC Number: ED317342
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Rural and Rural Farm Population: 1988.
Current Population Reports, Series P-20 n439 Aug 1989
An estimated 64,798,000 persons, or 25% of the population of the United States, lived in rural areas in 1988. Rural areas include open countryside and places with fewer than 2,500 inhabitants not in the suburbs of large cities. This report presents demographic data on the rural population, pointing out that comparison with 1987 data suggests a leveling off of farm population decline. Almost half of the rural population in 1988 was located in metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs); and about one quarter of the farm population lived in MSAs. The farm population is older than other components of the population. About 2.6 percent of the employed labor force worked in farm occupations. Money income for the year 1987 was lower for households and families living on farms than for those in nonfarm areas. The report examines size, distribution, social, and economic characteristics of the rural population. Tables show U.S. population by urban/rural, farm, and metropolitan/nonmetropolitan residence. They also show occupation, poverty status, regional distribution, labor force participation, and income distribution by farm/nonfarm residence. Detailed tables show race, age, sex, marital status, fertility characteristics, family characteristics, employment status, and income of households and families by farm/nonfarm residence. Appendices describe the source and accuracy of the estimates, and display the survey questionnaires. (DHP)
Descriptors: Census Figures, Demography, Population Distribution, Population Trends, Poverty Areas, Rural Areas, Rural Economics, Rural Family, Rural Farm Residents, Rural Nonfarm Residents, Rural Population
Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, DC 20402.
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reference Materials - General; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Bureau of the Census (DOC), Suitland, MD.