Just under half of all rural residents are completely vaccinated against Covid-19, according to a Daily Yonder analysis.
As of February 24, 49.8% of the total rural population was completely vaccinated, a gain of 0.8 percentage points in the past four weeks.
The metropolitan vaccination rate stands at 63.7% and has risen by 1.2 percentage points in the last four weeks.
Massachusetts led the nation in rural vaccinations, with 80% of its rural residents fully vaccinated.
Arizona had the largest growth in rural vaccinations in the last month. The state increased its rural vaccination rate by 4.2 percentage points, reaching 78.4% of the rural population.
Massachusetts and Arizona were two of just four states where the rural vaccination rate was higher than the metropolitan rate. Other states in this category were Alaska and New Hampshire.
Missouri ranked last in rural vaccinations at 39.2% of total population, followed by Georgia with 40.5% and Alabama at 40.8%.