What would you say is the biggest problem facing your local community?
Note: Open-ended question. No other issues were mentioned by more than 10 percent of rural Americans.
Source: NPR/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation/Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health “Life in Rural America” survey of 1,300 adults living in the rural United States, conducted June 6-Aug. 4. The margin of error for the full sample is +/- 3.6 percentage points. Parts of the rural South and rural Midwest are also included in rural Appalachia, so these regions are not mutually exclusive in this survey. Economic concerns include the availability of jobs, poverty and the economy. Most common responses shown.