According to the United States Census Bureau, the United States’ rural population declined by 280,390 people, or 0.6% between 2010 and 2020.
However, as Tim Marema writes for The Daily Yonder, that drop is still significant. As people moved, the change in population was not dispersed uniformly. Coastal regions saw an increase, while the Great Plains and Midwest regions emptied. At the end of the decade two-thirds of the nation’s rural counties lost a significant amount of their populations.