Low-income families in rural communities face unique challenges as they work to achieve financial security. Yet there is still significant debate over the causes of rural poverty and the role that geographical location plays in perpetuating these hardships. The latest U.S. Census Bureau figures show that 15.1 percent of rural Americans are living in poverty – a rate higher than the national average, which stands at 13.2 percent. Effectively addressing this issue therefore remains a critical component to the overall fight against poverty. This section gathers key research, news and opinion on rural poverty by experts on the issue, policy-makers and the media.