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What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities


Pew Research Center received invaluable advice in developing the questionnaire and exploring definitions of urban, suburban and rural communities from Katherine J. Cramer, Professor of Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Jed Kolko, Chief Economist, Indeed; Whitney Kimball Coe, Director, National Programs at the Center for Rural Strategies and Coordinator of the National Rural Assembly; Bill Bishop, Founding Co-Editor and Contributing Editor, Daily Yonder; and John Iceland, Professor of Sociology and Demography, Pennsylvania State University.

This report is a collaborative effort based on the input and analysis of the following individuals. Find related reports online at

Kim Parker, Director, Social Trends Research Juliana Horowitz, Associate Director, Research Anna Brown, Research Analyst Richard Fry, Senior Economist D’Vera Cohn, Senior Writer/Editor Ruth Igielnik, Research Associate Anthony Cilluffo, Research Assistant Nikki Graf, Research Associate Claudia Deane, Vice President, Research Molly Rohal, Communications Manager Jessica Pumphrey, Communications Associate Michael Keegan, Information Graphics Designer David Kent, Copy Editor Travis Mitchell, Digital Producer

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