On average nationwide, 21 percent of Medicare beneficiaries live in rural counties in 2010. In seven states, less than 15 percent of the Medicare population lives in rural counties. (There are no counties designated as rural in New Jersey, Rhode Island, or the District of Columbia.) In contrast, nearly half or more of the Medicare population live in rural counties in 12 states—with Vermont (73 percent), Wyoming (69 percent), and Montana (67 percent) having the largest share of beneficiaries living in rural areas in 2010.

A message from the Rural Assembly