This article is just a starting point for a conversation we want to have about rural North Carolina. We gathered some data, looked at some maps, and thought about what we saw. We shared it with colleagues across the state, added more data points, and included many of their observations. What trends do you see in the maps? What other things should we be considering?

Jennifer Zuckerman at the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation and Robb Webb at the Duke Endowment have been invaluable thought partners with us on this project. It would not have happened without their questions and insights. Thank you both.

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Mebane Rash is the CEO and editor-in-chief of EducationNC and the N.C. Center for Public Policy Research. Read full bio »