More minorities are living in rural areas

The USDA says there are more minorities living in rural areas. A new report from its Economic Research Service, shows racial and ethnic minorities made up around 21 percent of rural residents in 2014.

Hispanics and Asians are the fastest growing minority groups in the United States as a whole, as well as rural areas. From 2010-14, the rural Hispanic population increased just over nine percent.

Asians and Pacific Islanders represent a small share of the rural population, around one percent, but grew by 18 percent between 2010 and 2014. Rural Native American and Black populations also grew but at modest rates.

The rural non-Hispanic White population meanwhile declined by almost two percent in the same time period, as did the overall rural population.


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