Rural education rates rise, but college gap with cities widens

Increasingly, rural Americans are better educated than a decade or two ago, with more people attending college and fewer people without a high school diploma. Even with a hefty increase in the portion of rural women with a college degree, urban America is moving farther ahead in the overall share of adults with a college degree, says a USDA report.

Rural business trends for 2017: The net, customer service and walkability

Instead of waiting for customers to walk through the door, "smart rural businesses are using the same omni channel tactics as big businesses," says Small Business Trends in listing eight rural and small town trends for the new year.