America’s rural populations are aging: 1 in 5 is over 65

A report by the US Department of Agriculture shows that more than 20% of rural residents are over the age of 65, compared to 16% in urban areas, and a corresponding decline in the working-age population is also occurring. In addition, Airbnb is encouraged to require carbon monoxide devices in rentals.

St. Louis Public Radio: Rural America is aging, with 20% over 65

Rural America continues to age and a new report shows the extent has reached a new high. The US Department of Agriculture’s annual Rural America at a Glance report shows that more than 20% of rural residents are over 65, compared to 16% in urban areas. “The aging of the baby boom generation will continue to contribute to the loss of working-age adults through the end of this decade,” the USDA Economic Research Service report said. (Ahl, 2/12)

The Washington Post: Young children who breathe polluted air in high-poverty areas may fall behind in school, study finds

According to a study released Wednesday, young children living in neighborhoods with high rates of poverty are more likely to be exposed to many different air pollutants, which can harm their early childhood development. Children’s increased exposure to air toxins during infancy can reduce their reading and math skills and cause them to fall behind – for some, the effect is equivalent to losing an entire month of primary school. (Ajasa, 11/30)

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