What rural areas are most primed for economic development strategies focused on digital economies?

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The broadband data is from the Federal Communications Commission's Form 477. Form 477 is a self-reported dataset, and its veracity relies on accurate documentation of speeds by individual providers. The latest Form 477 release was in December of 2016; as such, these maps do not reflect broadband that has been deployed since then.

The higher education data comes from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, and the New Markets Tax Credit data comes from the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. Other data sources used include the American Community Survey and the US Census Bureau.

Though we believe the data to be very accurate overall, we cannot guarantee the complete accuracy of any of the data layers.

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CITATION FORMAT: Center on Rural Innovation. "Rural Opportunity Map". (2017). Retrieved from