Small Towns

Rural communities hold the keys to survival in their own hands. With help from policies that build on their strengths as desirable places to live and raise families, they can thrive.

Community Development

To thrive, rural communities must invest in themselves and their futures, including rural schools and rural leaders.

Community Food Systems

Local farmers markets, community gardens, and local and regional food systems provide fresh, healthy food for all and keep money circulating in the local economy.

Rural Groceries

Small towns across rural America are losing their grocery stores, and we’re working to help groceries stay around.

Small Towns Notes

 

Giving Thanks

We say all the time that small towns and rural areas are special places. We say it so often that it can lose its meaning. What are we really saying when we repeat that line? What is it that makes small towns and rural places special?

You know, small towns and rural communities are merely a collection of buildings and open spaces. What makes them special are the people who live there.

In the last year, my family and I have lived in two different small towns. Each one was different in its own way. Yet the similarities in the way people acted have been remarkable.

Impact of Earned Income Tax Credit on Rural People

Our latest report focuses on the Earned Income Tax Credit and Rural Households. The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a credit against federal personal income taxes for working people who have low to moderate income, particularly those with children. The Census Bureau estimates that the 2012 poverty rate would have been 3 percentage points higher without the EITC.