Rural Taxonomy of Population and Health-Resource Characteristics

RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis

This policy brief reports the newly developed taxonomy of rural places based on relevant
population and health-resource characteristics; and discusses how this classification tool can be
utilized by policy-makers and rural communities. The information includes a systematic tool for classifying and identifying similar rural communities and places. Ten distinct types of rural places are classified based on characteristics related to both demand (population) and supply (health resources) sides of the health services market.