The federal government defines rural differently for different reasons. Do you know if your area is designated to be rural? Click on the following resources to see if your area is rural or for a more complete definition of what rural means.
Mississippi’s Definition of Rural
The Mississippi State Department of Health recently passed a definition of “What is Rural” for the State of Mississippi. According to Rule 1.3.1, the state defines a rural area as: 1) a Mississippi county that has a population less than 50,000 individuals; 2) an area that is less than 500 individuals per square mile; or 3) a municipality of less than 15,000 individuals.
This definition is allowed by the federal government to “trump” federal designations of rural, specifically for identification of hospitals in rural areas.