Rural America

Rural Americans can't catch a break

Data: CDC; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Preventable diseases are deadlier in rural America than in urban areas, a new CDC report says.

The big picture: More than 46 million Americans live in rural areas, and the system often works against them in nearly every dimension of care.

Why cities lose high-stakes elections

Illustration of a rural area in color with a giant check mark casting a shadow over the black and white urban area next to it
Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The rural-urban divide is the defining split in American elections, and that often disadvantages cities, even though they have more voters.

Why it matters: With Democrats clustered in cities and Republicans spread out among exurbs, suburbs are now critical battlegrounds. For example, Democrats swept Virginia's elections Tuesday night thanks in part to suburban voters.