Older Americans, black adults and those with a high school education or less show considerably more interest in local news than their counterparts.
Black adults stand out for their trust in local news organizations, and they are more likely to feel connected to their main source of news.
Newspaper circulation in the U.S. reached its lowest level since 1940, and the audience for local TV news has steadily declined.
Overall, about two-in-ten Americans say they have ever spoken with or been interviewed by a local journalist.
A majority of rural Americans say local news media mostly cover an area other than the one where they live.
Nearly as many U.S. adults prefer to get local news online as through a TV set. And while Americans prize community connection from their local news providers, they are largely unaware of the financial challenges they face.
There are partisan divisions over certain aspects of local news reporting, including whether local journalists should express views on local issues.
Amy Mitchell, director of journalism research at Pew Research Center, discusses the findings of a new study on America's local news landscape.
In an interactive feature, you can see detailed profiles of local news attitudes and behaviors across the United States.