This report pairs focus group feedback and interview answers with quantitative data to tell the story of family economic success in rural Northern New England. It offers recommendations — and a spark for ongoing discussions — aimed at helping families in these rural areas thrive.   

The Annie E. Casey Foundation funded this project — and several other multi-state projects — as part of a larger effort to explore child-well being in rural America. The resulting reports aim to provide useful data to policymakers and encourage smart investments that will strengthen the well-being of rural families. 

October 3, 2004

In This Report, You’ll Learn

  1. 1

    An overview of the Family Economic Success initiative.

  2. 2

    What families have to say about living in rural Northern New England.

  3. 3

    How rural Northern New England communities differ from their non-rural counterparts.

  4. 4

    Ideas for improving family economic success in these rural communities.

Key Takeaway

Life in rural Northern New England — here’s what the research says

The poverty rate in Northern New England is more than 40% higher in rural areas versus non-rural areas, and rural residents are more likely to lack health benefits and be underemployed, self-employed or unemployed compared to their non-rural peers.  

Findings & Stats

Statements & Quotations