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Rural Poverty

By Debra Viadero — April 05, 2011 1 min read

Although people from all types of rural communities generally have more education than their parents, those in chronically poor rural areas have lower education levels—and that disadvantage lasts for generations, a research brief says.

Researchers from the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire found that 45 percent of adults in chronically poor rural areas have a high school education or less, compared with 22 percent to 33 percent of adults in better-off, amenity-rich rural areas. The findings come from a survey of 17,000 adults in 12 rural communities around the country.

A version of this article appeared in the April 06, 2011 edition of Education Week as Rural Poverty

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