U.S. Rural Population 1960-2021

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 2019 was 57,576,495, a 0.67% decline from 2018.
  • U.S. rural population for 2018 was 57,967,430, a 0.59% decline from 2017.
  • U.S. rural population for 2017 was 58,308,905, a 0.45% decline from 2016.
  • U.S. rural population for 2016 was 58,575,095, a 0.33% decline from 2015.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Rural Population
United States 57,576,495
Germany 18,807,964
Italy 17,645,430
Poland 15,174,300
France 12,936,523
United Kingdom 10,926,089
Japan 10,482,515
South Korea 9,602,379
Spain 9,149,372
Canada 6,960,780
Saudi Arabia 5,460,690
Austria 3,682,651
Argentina 3,599,141
Australia 3,519,551
Portugal 3,515,838
Czech Republic 2,782,553
Hungary 2,770,367
Slovak Republic 2,523,654
Chile 2,341,903
Switzerland 2,242,404
Greece 2,208,848
Ireland 1,808,321
Croatia 1,739,182
Netherlands 1,408,121
Panama 1,356,355
UAE 1,290,785
Sweden 1,264,288
Slovenia 943,292
Norway 929,678
Lithuania 895,831
Finland 803,426
Oman 724,209
Denmark 698,575
Israel 678,907
New Zealand 658,140
Trinidad and Tobago 653,029
Latvia 607,846
Estonia 410,566
Cyprus 397,867
Belgium 224,973
Puerto Rico 205,163
Barbados 197,594
Bahrain 174,063
Uruguay 158,340
Channel Islands 118,978
French Polynesia 106,417
Brunei 95,574
New Caledonia 83,163
Antigua and Barbuda 73,318
Bahamas 65,698
Aruba 60,019
Luxembourg 54,408
Seychelles 41,863
Isle of Man 39,979
St. Kitts and Nevis 36,562
Liechtenstein 32,555
Faroe Islands 28,124
Malta 26,751
Qatar 22,996
Iceland 22,203
Curacao 17,175
British Virgin Islands 15,581
Andorra 9,269
Guam 8,601
Greenland 7,280
Northern Mariana Islands 4,744
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 4,444
Palau 3,517
Turks and Caicos Islands 2,536
San Marino 891
Gibraltar 0
Kuwait 0
Bermuda 0
Cayman Islands 0
Monaco 0
Singapore 0
Hong Kong 0
Macao 0
Sint Maarten (Dutch part) 0
U.S. Rural Population - Historical Data
Year Population % of Total Change
2019 57,576,495 17.54 -0.68%
2018 57,967,430 17.74 -0.59%
2017 58,308,905 17.94 -0.46%
2016 58,575,095 18.14 -0.33%
2015 58,769,219 18.33 -0.29%
2014 58,939,798 18.52 -0.26%
2013 59,093,985 18.70 -0.27%
2012 59,254,429 18.88 -0.20%
2011 59,370,278 19.06 -0.18%
2010 59,476,370 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 %