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How Does the Definition of “Rural” Impact Research?



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The United States Census Bureau (Census) and the Office
of Management and Budget (OMB) each have their own
definition of “rural.” However, both Census and OMB
definitions present measurement challenges, with the
Census overcounting the number of people in rural areas
while the OMB undercounts them. To overcome these
measurement challenges, the Federal Office of Rural
Health Policy (FORHP) incorporates Rural-Urban Commuting
Area codes to create a more nuanced definition of

During this webinar, Dr. Janice Probst and Dr. George
Pink shared recent research from the FORHP-funded
Rural Health Research Centers to highlight the
importance of rural definitions and how those definitions
impact research. Our presenters provided advice for
“What should I take into account when determining rural
definitions for my research study?” and “As a
non-researcher, what should I look for in rural
definitions when reading a study or brief?”


George H. Pink,

Dr. Pink is a Research Professor in the Department of

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