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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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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