We knew there was poverty in rural America – How much?
Areas with a high incidence of poverty often reflect the low income of their racial/ethnic minorities. Nonmetro Blacks/African Americans had the highest incidence of poverty in 2017 (32.0 percent). The poverty rate for nonmetro Whites in 2017 was less than half as much (14.2 percent) of both groups. Noteworthy is the high poverty rate for Hispanics as their share of the nonmetro population, at 24.5%, increased faster than other racial/ethnic groups over the last several decades.