Rural, Suburban, and Urban Hunger

Hunger exists in every community in the nation, from urban city centers, throughout the suburbs, and across rural America.

The rate of food insecurity among rural households is generally lower than urban households, but slightly higher than the national average. The irony is that many of these food-insecure households are in the very rural and farm communities whose productivity feeds the world and provides low-cost, wholesome food for American consumers. 

  • 52 percent of high food-insecurity rate counties are rural. 
  • 24 percent of high food-insecurity rate counties are urban.