WEST LAFAYETTE --Rural America is lagging behind the nation's urban areas in household income and education, and improvements in both are necessary if rural communities are to remain viable places to live, said Sam Cordes, program leader for Purdue University Extension Economic and Community Development.
"Median household income in rural America is less than 80 percent of what it is in urban America," Cordes said.
"And rural America has a huge education deficit, which is a problem in a knowledge-based, innovation-type economy. About 29 percent of urban residents over the age of 25 have a college degree. That is nearly twice the percentage found among rural residents."
Cordes will discuss what those numbers mean and how Indiana's rural areas stack up during a RISE 2020 workshop.
The workshop, which outlines a program designed to improve rural life in Indiana, takes place from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. March 4 at the Purdue Extension Tipton County office, located at 1200 S. Main St., Tipton.
The workshop is free, but space is limited.