Rural Church Project

How Does the U.S. Census Bureau Define “Rural?”

As God continues to lead His church to engage peoples not yet reached with the Gospel, this map illustrates progress toward a multitude from every language, people, tribe and nation knowing and worshipping our Lord Jesus Christ. As you view this map, rejoice in how the Gospel has spread among many peoples and pray for the 3,150 people groups that remain unreached and unengaged.

At the time of the 2010 Decennial Census, almost 60 million people, about 19 percent of the population, lived in rural areas of the United States.

But what exactly does “rural” mean? Explore the US Census Bureau’s concept of Rural America