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 2020 was 57,119,368, a 0.82% 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.
  • U.S. rural population for 2017 was 58,333,412, a 0.45% decline from 2016.
Data Source: World Bank

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Similar Country Ranking
Country Name Rural Population
United States 57,119,368
Germany 18,768,241
Italy 17,247,441
Poland 15,164,002
France 12,821,248
United Kingdom 10,819,646
Japan 10,341,204
South Korea 9,623,938
Spain 9,086,766
Canada 7,007,406
Saudi Arabia 5,470,303
Austria 3,678,525
Argentina 3,579,773
Australia 3,534,280
Portugal 3,471,945
Czech Republic 2,775,187
Hungary 2,735,589
Slovak Republic 2,524,162
Chile 2,346,132
Switzerland 2,252,934
Greece 2,173,649
Ireland 1,815,432
Croatia 1,717,915
Panama 1,362,863
Netherlands 1,354,130
UAE 1,281,005
Sweden 1,244,794
Slovenia 942,579
Norway 915,909
Lithuania 893,018
Finland 801,014
Oman 700,833
Denmark 693,004
Israel 683,249
New Zealand 676,263
Trinidad and Tobago 654,766
Latvia 602,505
Estonia 409,580
Cyprus 400,590
Belgium 221,991
Puerto Rico 205,025
Barbados 197,737
Bahrain 178,564
Uruguay 155,797
Channel Islands 120,027
French Polynesia 106,814
Brunei 95,153
New Caledonia 77,460
Antigua and Barbuda 74,001
Bahamas 65,889
Aruba 60,112
Luxembourg 54,041
Seychelles 41,801
Isle of Man 40,052
St. Kitts and Nevis 36,786
Liechtenstein 32,639
Faroe Islands 28,147
Malta 27,609
Iceland 22,359
Qatar 22,040
Curacao 16,955
British Virgin Islands 15,568
Andorra 9,337
Guam 8,544
Greenland 7,169
Northern Mariana Islands 4,721
Virgin Islands (U.S.) 4,316
Palau 3,440
Turks and Caicos Islands 2,476
San Marino 849
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
2020 57,119,368 17.34 -0.82%
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 %