By Tim Murphy and Bill Bishop
The highest percentage of rural broadband connections cluster in recreation counties and areas with large farms and ranches.
In the first 11 months of this recession, the most dramatic decreases in employment have taken place in urban counties. Rural counties, however, still have higher rates of unemployment.
The city vote for Barack Obama was so large it washed away the returns from more than 2500 rural and exurban counties.
There were 375 counties that voted for one party in the 2004 presidential election and a different party this year. The Yonder is keeping a list.
Republican Sen. John McCain says he hates them and would veto any bill with them. Congress keeps putting them in. They're earmarks, the way Congress pays for its pet projects — and rural America is getting its fair share.
The rural vote won the election in 2004 for George Bush. The Yonder provides a complete state-by-state breakdown of the rural, urban and exurban vote in that election.
There are growing numbers of rural and exurban counties where minority youth are a majority of the population under 20 years of age.