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Most rural counties in every state

Rural counties have been in the news lately, as elections can be swayed by rural voters turning out in large numbers. Often, this sizable voting bloc counters the larger populations in state's city centers. That's why it's helpful to know where the most rural areas are, whether that information is used for campaigning at local events, or knocking on doors to canvass potential voters.

Stacker pulled data from the 2010 Census Urban and Rural Classification to compile a list of the most rural county in each state. This information—the most recent available, as the census only conducts this study every ten years—includes the total square mileage of each county's rural and urban space, the rural population, the overall county population, and population density in rural areas. Read on to discover your state's most rural locale.

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Alpha Bonding /// Flickr

Alabama: Baldwin County

Total rural area: 1,484 square miles (93.32% of the county)

Total urban area: 106 square miles (6.68% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 77,060 (42.28% of county population)

Total population of the county: 182,265

Population density in rural areas: 51.9 people per square mile

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service // Wikimedia Commons

Alaska: Yukon-Koyukuk County

Total rural area: 145,505 square miles (100% of the county)

Total urban area: 0 square miles (0.00% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 5,588 (100% of county population)

Total population of the county: 5,588

Population density in rural areas: 0 people per square mile

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Ken Lund /// Flickr

Arizona: Coconino County

Total rural area: 18,571 square miles (99.74% of the county)

Total urban area: 47 square miles (0.26% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 42,297 (31.47% of county population)

Total population of the county: 134,421

Population density in rural areas: 2.3 people per square mile

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Billy Hathorn // Wikimedia Commons

Arkansas: Union County

Total rural area: 1,024 square miles (98.54% of the county)

Total urban area: 15 square miles (1.46% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 22,695 (54.5% of county population)

Total population of the county: 41,639

Population density in rural areas: 22.2 people per square mile

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Ron Kroetz /// Flickr

California: San Bernardino County

Total rural area: 19,431 square miles (96.88% of the county)

Total urban area: 626 square miles (3.12% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 96,357 (4.73% of county population)

Total population of the county: 2.0 million

Population density in rural areas: 5 people per square mile

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Jeffrey Beall // Wikimedia Commons

Colorado: Las Animas County

Total rural area: 4,767 square miles (99.88% of the county)

Total urban area: 6 square miles (0.12% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 6,326 (40.79% of county population)

Total population of the county: 15,507

Population density in rural areas: 1.3 people per square mile

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JERRYE & ROY KLOTZ, M.D. // Wikimedia Commons

Connecticut: Litchfield County

Total rural area: 827 square miles (89.84% of the county)

Total urban area: 94 square miles (10.16% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 78,722 (41.45% of county population)

Total population of the county: 189,927

Population density in rural areas: 95.2 people per square mile

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Lee Cannon /// Flickr

Delaware: Sussex County

Total rural area: 821 square miles (87.74% of the county)

Total urban area: 115 square miles (12.26% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 81,428 (41.3% of county population)

Total population of the county: 197,145

Population density in rural areas: 99.1 people per square mile

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Georgia Guercio // Wikimedia Commons

Florida: Collier County

Total rural area: 1,820 square miles (91.08% of the county)

Total urban area: 178 square miles (8.92% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 27,284 (8.49% of county population)

Total population of the county: 321,520

Population density in rural areas: 15 people per square mile

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Michael Rivera // Wikimedia Commons

Georgia: Ware County

Total rural area: 870 square miles (97.48% of the county)

Total urban area: 22 square miles (2.52% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 10,691 (29.44% of county population)

Total population of the county: 36,312

Population density in rural areas: 12.3 people per square mile

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W Nowicki // Wikimedia Commons

Hawaii: Hawaii County

Total rural area: 3,942 square miles (97.85% of the county)

Total urban area: 87 square miles (2.15% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 70,313 (37.99% of county population)

Total population of the county: 185,079

Population density in rural areas: 17.8 people per square mile

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Ken Lund /// Flickr

Idaho: Idaho County

Total rural area: 8,476 square miles (99.98% of the county)

Total urban area: 2 square miles (0.02% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 13,117 (80.64% of county population)

Total population of the county: 16,267

Population density in rural areas: 1.5 people per square mile

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Teemu008 /// Flickr

Illinois: McLean County

Total rural area: 1,129 square miles (95.38% of the county)

Total urban area: 55 square miles (4.62% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 27,974 (16.5% of county population)

Total population of the county: 169,572

Population density in rural areas: 24.8 people per square mile

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MrHarman // Wikimedia Commons

Indiana: LaPorte County

Total rural area: 557 square miles (93.11% of the county)

Total urban area: 41 square miles (6.89% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 39,713 (35.63% of county population)

Total population of the county: 111,467

Population density in rural areas: 71.3 people per square mile

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Scott Romine // Wikimedia Commons

Iowa: Kossuth County

Total rural area: 970 square miles (99.73% of the county)

Total urban area: 3 square miles (0.27% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 10,203 (65.64% of county population)

Total population of the county: 15,543

Population density in rural areas: 10.5 people per square mile

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MadameGraffigny // Wikimedia Commons

Kansas: Butler County

Total rural area: 1,408 square miles (98.49% of the county)

Total urban area: 22 square miles (1.51% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 26,664 (40.47% of county population)

Total population of the county: 65,880

Population density in rural areas: 18.9 people per square mile

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Nyttend // Wikimedia Commons

Kentucky: Pike County

Total rural area: 780 square miles (99.13% of the county)

Total urban area: 7 square miles (0.87% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 57,090 (87.8% of county population)

Total population of the county: 65,024

Population density in rural areas: 73.2 people per square mile

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Ammodramus // Wikimedia Commons

Louisiana: Vernon County

Total rural area: 1,306 square miles (98.32% of the county)

Total urban area: 22 square miles (1.68% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 26,113 (49.9% of county population)

Total population of the county: 52,334

Population density in rural areas: 20 people per square mile

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Doug Kerr /// Flickr

Maine: Aroostook County

Total rural area: 6,662 square miles (99.86% of the county)

Total urban area: 10 square miles (0.14% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 57,687 (80.27% of county population)

Total population of the county: 71,870

Population density in rural areas: 8.7 people per square mile

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Skye Marthaler // Wikimedia Commons

Maryland: Garrett County

Total rural area: 643 square miles (99.33% of the county)

Total urban area: 4 square miles (0.67% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 25,251 (83.9% of county population)

Total population of the county: 30,097

Population density in rural areas: 39.3 people per square mile

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Daderot // Wikimedia Commons

Massachusetts: Worcester County

Total rural area: 1,103 square miles (73.03% of the county)

Total urban area: 408 square miles (26.97% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 146,856 (18.39% of county population)

Total population of the county: 798,552

Population density in rural areas: 133.1 people per square mile

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Charles W. Chapman // Wikimedia Commons

Michigan: Marquette County

Total rural area: 1,786 square miles (98.78% of the county)

Total urban area: 22 square miles (1.22% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 27,830 (41.49% of county population)

Total population of the county: 67,077

Population density in rural areas: 15.6 people per square mile

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Tony Webster /// Flickr

Minnesota: St. Louis County

Total rural area: 6,176 square miles (98.85% of the county)

Total urban area: 72 square miles (1.15% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 74,313 (37.11% of county population)

Total population of the county: 200,226

Population density in rural areas: 12 people per square mile

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NatalieMaynor /// Flickr

Mississippi: Yazoo County

Total rural area: 914 square miles (99.07% of the county)

Total urban area: 9 square miles (0.93% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 12,519 (44.61% of county population)

Total population of the county: 28,065

Population density in rural areas: 13.7 people per square mile

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Kbh3rd // Wikimedia Commons

Missouri: Texas County

Total rural area: 1,177 square miles (99.99% of the county)

Total urban area: 0 square miles (0.01% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 25,803 (99.21% of county population)

Total population of the county: 26,008

Population density in rural areas: 21.9 people per square mile

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Robstutz // Wikimedia Commons

Montana: Beaverhead County

Total rural area: 5,539 square miles (99.96% of the county)

Total urban area: 2 square miles (0.04% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 4,637 (50.15% of county population)

Total population of the county: 9,246

Population density in rural areas: 0.8 people per square mile

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Ammodramus // Wikimedia Commons

Nebraska: Cherry County

Total rural area: 5,959 square miles (99.97% of the county)

Total urban area: 2 square miles (0.03% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 3,000 (52.51% of county population)

Total population of the county: 5,713

Population density in rural areas: 0.5 people per square mile

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Ken Lund /// Flickr

Nevada: Nye County

Total rural area: 18,138 square miles (99.76% of the county)

Total urban area: 44 square miles (0.24% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 15,500 (35.27% of county population)

Total population of the county: 43,946

Population density in rural areas: 0.9 people per square mile

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Magicpiano // Wikimedia Commons

New Hampshire: Coos County

Total rural area: 1,789 square miles (99.7% of the county)

Total urban area: 5 square miles (0.30% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 21,896 (66.24% of county population)

Total population of the county: 33,055

Population density in rural areas: 12.2 people per square mile

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Doug Kerr /// Flickr

New Jersey: Burlington County

Total rural area: 579 square miles (72.47% of the county)

Total urban area: 220 square miles (27.53% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 29,900 (6.66% of county population)

Total population of the county: 448,734

Population density in rural areas: 51.7 people per square mile

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Peter Potrowl // Wikimedia Commons

New Mexico: Catron County

Total rural area: 6,924 square miles (100% of the county)

Total urban area: 0 square miles (0.00% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 3,725 (100% of county population)

Total population of the county: 3,725

Population density in rural areas: 0.5 people per square mile

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The Library of Congress /// Flickr

New York: St. Lawrence County

Total rural area: 2,661 square miles (99.27% of the county)

Total urban area: 19 square miles (0.73% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 69,396 (61.99% of county population)

Total population of the county: 111,944

Population density in rural areas: 26.1 people per square mile

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State Archives of North Carolina Raleigh, NC /// Flickr

North Carolina: Sampson County

Total rural area: 937 square miles (99.15% of the county)

Total urban area: 8 square miles (0.85% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 53,893 (84.96% of county population)

Total population of the county: 63,431

Population density in rural areas: 57.5 people per square mile

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Tim Evanson /// Flickr

North Dakota: McKenzie County

Total rural area: 2,760 square miles (100% of the county)

Total urban area: 0 square miles (0.00% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 6,360 (100% of county population)

Total population of the county: 6,360

Population density in rural areas: 2.3 people per square mile

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Nyttend // Wikimedia Commons

Ohio: Ross County

Total rural area: 672 square miles (97.5% of the county)

Total urban area: 17 square miles (2.50% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 45,801 (58.67% of county population)

Total population of the county: 78,064

Population density in rural areas: 68.2 people per square mile

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JERRYE & ROY KLOTZ, M.D. // Wikimedia Commons

Oklahoma: Osage County

Total rural area: 2,234 square miles (99.43% of the county)

Total urban area: 13 square miles (0.57% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 28,233 (59.47% of county population)

Total population of the county: 47,472

Population density in rural areas: 12.6 people per square mile

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Ken Lund /// Flickr

Oregon: Harney County

Total rural area: 10,131 square miles (99.98% of the county)

Total urban area: 3 square miles (0.02% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 3,291 (44.34% of county population)

Total population of the county: 7,422

Population density in rural areas: 0.3 people per square mile

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Beyond My Ken // Wikimedia Commons

Pennsylvania: Lycoming County

Total rural area: 1,190 square miles (96.85% of the county)

Total urban area: 39 square miles (3.15% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 42,121 (36.28% of county population)

Total population of the county: 116,111

Population density in rural areas: 35.4 people per square mile

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Moebiusuibeom-en // Wikimedia Commons

Puerto Rico: Utuado County

Total rural area: 100 square miles (87.89% of the county)

Total urban area: 14 square miles (12.11% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 15,556 (46.93% of county population)

Total population of the county: 33,149

Population density in rural areas: 155.9 people per square mile

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Kenneth C. Zirkel // Wikimedia Commons

Rhode Island: Washington County

Total rural area: 244 square miles (74.01% of the county)

Total urban area: 86 square miles (25.99% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 39,139 (30.82% of county population)

Total population of the county: 126,979

Population density in rural areas: 160.6 people per square mile

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Pollinator // Wikimedia Commons

South Carolina: Orangeburg County

Total rural area: 1,074 square miles (97.14% of the county)

Total urban area: 32 square miles (2.86% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 58,995 (63.78% of county population)

Total population of the county: 92,501

Population density in rural areas: 54.9 people per square mile

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Jim Roberts // Wikimedia Commons

South Dakota: Meade County

Total rural area: 3,460 square miles (99.7% of the county)

Total urban area: 11 square miles (0.30% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 9,664 (38% of county population)

Total population of the county: 25,434

Population density in rural areas: 2.8 people per square mile

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Brian Stansberry // Wikimedia Commons

Tennessee: Wayne County

Total rural area: 734 square miles (100% of the county)

Total urban area: 0 square miles (0.00% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 17,021 (100% of county population)

Total population of the county: 17,021

Population density in rural areas: 23.2 people per square mile

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Greenmars // Wikimedia Commons

Texas: Brewster County

Total rural area: 6,180 square miles (99.93% of the county)

Total urban area: 4 square miles (0.07% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 3,219 (34.87% of county population)

Total population of the county: 9,232

Population density in rural areas: 0.5 people per square mile

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Ken Lund /// Flickr

Utah: San Juan County

Total rural area: 7,818 square miles (99.98% of the county)

Total urban area: 2 square miles (0.02% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 11,482 (77.87% of county population)

Total population of the county: 14,746

Population density in rural areas: 1.5 people per square mile

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Magicpiano // Wikimedia Commons

Vermont: Windsor County

Total rural area: 958 square miles (98.82% of the county)

Total urban area: 11 square miles (1.18% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 42,836 (75.59% of county population)

Total population of the county: 56,670

Population density in rural areas: 44.7 people per square mile

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Nyttend // Wikimedia Commons

Virginia: Pittsylvania County

Total rural area: 953 square miles (98.37% of the county)

Total urban area: 16 square miles (1.63% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 54,380 (85.63% of county population)

Total population of the county: 63,506

Population density in rural areas: 57.1 people per square mile

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Steven Pavlov // Wikimedia Commons

Washington: Okanogan County

Total rural area: 5,263 square miles (99.91% of the county)

Total urban area: 5 square miles (0.09% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 32,891 (79.99% of county population)

Total population of the county: 41,120

Population density in rural areas: 6.2 people per square mile

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Generic1139 // Wikimedia Commons

West Virginia: Randolph County

Total rural area: 1,034 square miles (99.41% of the county)

Total urban area: 6 square miles (0.59% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 18,344 (62.38% of county population)

Total population of the county: 29,405

Population density in rural areas: 17.7 people per square mile

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Royalbroil // Wikimedia Commons

Wisconsin: Marathon County

Total rural area: 1,497 square miles (96.87% of the county)

Total urban area: 48 square miles (3.13% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 57,634 (42.99% of county population)

Total population of the county: 134,063

Population density in rural areas: 38.5 people per square mile

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Magicpiano // Wikimedia Commons

Wyoming: Sweetwater County

Total rural area: 10,408 square miles (99.82% of the county)

Total urban area: 19 square miles (0.18% of the county)

Population in rural areas: 4,782 (10.92% of county population)

Total population of the county: 43,806

Population density in rural areas: 0.5 people per square mile




 

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