Hospitals are losing staff to quarantines as rural COVID-19 cases rise, and administrators fear flu season will make it worse. And then there's the politics.
For rural people, these stresses are cumulative and contribute to higher levels of trauma, mental ill-health and in some cases, suicidal behaviour.
Coronavirus cases have risen sharply across the Mountain West, Midwest and plains. Over 70% of nonmetropolitan counties are now "red zones," suggesting viral spread is out of control.
Rural patients' self-reliance means they often wait until it's too late to visit hospital, while the closing of state borders has restricted the movement of some fly-in fly-out health workers.
Being able to identify communities that are susceptible to the pandemic ahead of time would allow officials to target public health interventions to slow the spread of the infection and avoid deaths.
There is a large and widening gap between the richest and poorest Australians in terms of risk of dying before the age of 75, according to a study tracking the trend from 2006-16.
African Americans, young children and rural Americans are a few of the groups at risk of being undercounted in this year's census.
Southern governors are starting to reopen their economies at the same time COVID-19 cases are spreading through the rural South.
Rural communities have become resentful of city residents swooping in for food, medical supplies and shelter in vacation homes. We need a better strategy for allocating resources in the pandemic.
For most of the past five decades, income inequality has been higher in rural counties than in urban areas. Now, urban areas are catching up.
Between 1983 and 2013, the number of immigrants detained in rural county jails has increased.
The Trump administration has proposed a new category that they say will save US$200 million in terminated benefits.
The government wants more people to live in Australia's north. So we looked at three scenarios to increase the population and the results don't always look good for the north.
Life in the country isn't all it's made out to be in popular media. That's what one group of women found who made the move from city life.
People living in rural and small town America have much at stake in the 2020 census. But census participation tends to be lower in rural areas.
Since the Great Recession, most of the nation's rural counties have struggled to recover lost jobs and retain their people.
Agriculture is well placed to provide employment for millions across the African continent.
Your identity changes when you move house and, if that's to a different community, your clothes change along with you.
Fox hunting has been banned in the UK since 2004 – so why is it still happening?
There's a notable disparity between the rate of employment for people with and without disabilities, especially in certain pockets of the US.