U.S. Rural Population 1960-2022

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 2021 was 56,843,442, a 1.09% decline from 2020.
  • U.S. rural population for 2020 was 57,469,027, a 0.21% decline from 2019.
  • U.S. rural population for 2019 was 57,592,357, a 0.69% decline from 2018.
  • U.S. rural population for 2018 was 57,994,170, a 0.58% decline from 2017.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Rural Population
United States 56,843,442
Germany 18,667,512
Italy 16,924,836
Poland 15,084,074
France 12,661,527
United Kingdom 10,669,915
Japan 10,221,684
South Korea 9,617,303
Spain 8,965,568
Canada 7,017,013
Saudi Arabia 5,474,978
Austria 3,672,522
Argentina 3,559,798
Australia 3,510,320
Portugal 3,414,362
Czech Republic 2,759,991
Hungary 2,694,979
Slovak Republic 2,515,539
Chile 2,340,642
Switzerland 2,261,756
Greece 2,128,861
Ireland 1,814,588
Croatia 1,642,337
Panama 1,368,149
Netherlands 1,302,381
UAE 1,268,967
Sweden 1,225,108
Slovenia 939,156
Norway 901,946
Lithuania 887,542
Finland 798,226
Denmark 688,752
Israel 686,007
New Zealand 676,747
Oman 676,741
Trinidad and Tobago 655,867
Latvia 594,684
Estonia 406,552
Cyprus 402,894
Belgium 218,200
Puerto Rico 209,130
Barbados 197,811
Bahrain 181,438
Uruguay 153,242
Channel Islands 120,897
French Polynesia 107,176
Brunei 94,691
New Caledonia 76,538
Antigua and Barbuda 74,658
Bahamas 66,027
Aruba 60,173
Luxembourg 53,222
Seychelles 41,693
Isle of Man 40,078
St. Kitts and Nevis 36,997
Liechtenstein 32,718
Faroe Islands 28,165
Malta 26,826
Iceland 22,546
Qatar 21,158
Curacao 16,703
British Virgin Islands 15,540
Andorra 9,392
Guam 8,484
Greenland 7,078
Northern Mariana Islands 4,697
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 4,192
Palau 3,365
Turks and Caicos Islands 2,419
San Marino 809
Gibraltar 0
Kuwait 0
Singapore 0
Bermuda 0
Cayman Islands 0
Monaco 0
Hong Kong 0
Macao 0
Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 0
U.S. Rural Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2021 56,843,442 17.13 -1.09%
2020 57,469,027 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 %