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Rural Population – December 2007 – Colorado Central Magazine
Rural areas are bearing a disproportionate share of the American military fatalities in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a study by the Carsey Institute of the University of New Hampshire.
Based on casualty reports through 2006, the study showed that 825 military personnel from rural areas died in combat, as compared to 2,270 from metropolitan areas. But most Americans live in metro areas, so the death rate — the number killed per million of population — was 24 for rural areas, and 15 for metro.