U.S. Rural Population 1960-2024

Rural population refers to people living in rural areas as defined by national statistical offices. It is calculated as the difference between total population and urban population. Aggregation of urban and rural population may not add up to total population because of different country coverages.
  • U.S. rural population for 2022 was 56,378,923, a 0.86% decline from 2021.
  • U.S. rural population for 2021 was 56,867,044, a 1.05% decline from 2020.
  • U.S. rural population for 2020 was 57,470,836, a 0.21% decline from 2019.
  • U.S. rural population for 2019 was 57,592,357, a 0.69% decline from 2018.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Rural Population
United States 56,378,923
Germany 18,793,519
Italy 16,681,796
Poland 14,974,307
France 12,561,983
United Kingdom 10,448,880
Japan 10,066,305
South Korea 9,588,890
Spain 8,902,107
Canada 7,103,929
Saudi Arabia 5,559,991
Austria 3,684,288
Argentina 3,538,352
Australia 3,510,274
Portugal 3,385,528
Czech Republic 2,697,096
Hungary 2,657,928
Slovak Republic 2,503,549
Chile 2,369,699
Switzerland 2,272,064
Greece 2,075,584
Ireland 1,822,006
Croatia 1,610,240
Panama 1,360,444
Netherlands 1,259,398
Sweden 1,206,837
UAE 1,176,081
Slovenia 933,093
Lithuania 893,387
Norway 891,476
Finland 795,690
Trinidad and Tobago 714,385
Israel 691,177
Denmark 686,700
New Zealand 672,077
Latvia 592,511
Oman 560,597
Cyprus 414,105
Estonia 408,688
Belgium 215,535
Puerto Rico 205,872
Barbados 193,416
Bahrain 151,007
Uruguay 147,591
Channel Islands 119,980
French Polynesia 115,865
Brunei 94,946
New Caledonia 76,599
Antigua and Barbuda 70,935
Bahamas 67,680
Aruba 59,554
Luxembourg 52,836
Seychelles 41,629
Isle of Man 39,495
Liechtenstein 33,610
St. Kitts and Nevis 32,888
Faroe Islands 30,379
Malta 26,825
Iceland 22,945
Qatar 18,381
Curacao 16,462
British Virgin Islands 15,862
Andorra 9,730
Guam 8,432
Greenland 6,954
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 4,073
Northern Mariana Islands 3,973
Palau 3,258
Turks and Caicos Islands 2,721
San Marino 763
Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 0
Gibraltar 0
Kuwait 0
Bermuda 0
Cayman Islands 0
Monaco 0
Singapore 0
Hong Kong 0
Macao 0
U.S. Rural Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2022 56,378,923 16.92 -0.86%
2021 56,867,044 17.13 -1.06%
2020 57,470,836 17.34 -0.21%
2019 57,592,357 17.54 -0.70%
2018 57,994,170 17.74 -0.58%
2017 58,333,412 17.94 -0.45%
2016 58,598,755 18.14 -0.32%
2015 58,788,250 18.33 -0.28%
2014 58,955,597 18.52 -0.26%
2013 59,106,371 18.70 -0.27%
2012 59,263,241 18.88 -0.19%
2011 59,375,348 19.06 -0.17%
2010 59,477,423 19.23 -0.03%
2009 59,495,270 19.39 0.01%
2008 59,486,862 19.56 0.09%
2007 59,435,929 19.73 0.09%
2006 59,380,586 19.90 0.11%
2005 59,316,092 20.07 0.07%
2004 59,272,576 20.24 0.07%
2003 59,231,337 20.42 0.01%
2002 59,224,903 20.59 0.08%
2001 59,176,653 20.77 0.14%
2000 59,093,274 20.94 -0.38%
1999 59,318,323 21.26 -0.55%
1998 59,647,910 21.62 -0.53%
1997 59,962,727 21.99 -0.47%
1996 60,247,274 22.36 -0.52%
1995 60,559,606 22.74 -0.47%
1994 60,847,887 23.13 -0.43%
1993 61,112,155 23.51 -0.33%
1992 61,314,541 23.90 -0.26%
1991 61,471,853 24.30 -0.30%
1990 61,656,881 24.70 0.28%
1989 61,485,081 24.91 0.36%
1988 61,266,559 25.06 0.32%
1987 61,073,788 25.21 0.30%
1986 60,888,123 25.36 0.33%
1985 60,684,895 25.51 0.30%
1984 60,503,262 25.66 0.28%
1983 60,332,364 25.81 0.33%
1982 60,135,341 25.96 0.37%
1981 59,913,573 26.11 0.40%
1980 59,673,829 26.26 0.78%
1979 59,207,469 26.31 1.07%
1978 58,579,920 26.32 1.03%
1977 57,982,322 26.33 0.97%
1976 57,423,878 26.34 0.91%
1975 56,902,406 26.35 0.95%
1974 56,365,499 26.36 0.88%
1973 55,874,046 26.37 0.92%
1972 55,364,268 26.38 1.03%
1971 54,795,508 26.39 1.22%
1970 54,129,627 26.40 0.15%
1969 54,047,876 26.67 -0.36%
1968 54,242,804 27.03 -0.33%
1967 54,423,243 27.39 -0.24%
1966 54,551,297 27.75 -0.16%
1965 54,639,947 28.12 -0.06%
1964 54,673,014 28.49 0.08%
1963 54,626,596 28.87 0.14%
1962 54,549,307 29.24 0.25%
1961 54,414,785 29.62 0.38%
1960 54,208,527 30.00 %