Here's a reminder to political journalists, based on today's Census Bureau release of the urban vs. rural population in the US:
Of the nation's four census regions, the West continued to be the most urban, with 89.8 percent of its population residing within urban areas, followed by the Northeast, at 85.0 percent. The Midwest and South continue to have lower percentages of urban population than the nation as a whole, with rates of 75.9 and 75.8, respectively.
Do not be confused by a state's overall population density, which implies that Nevada is a rural state even though almost everyone there lives in or near Las Vegas and almost no one lives in the desert. And don't write about Ohio and Michigan as big, urbanized states when their rural vote is actually far more significant than in states like Florida, Arizona, and Texas.
After the jump, the entire list of 50 states and how urbanized they are. Another counterintuitive fact: Maine and Vermont, in the Northeast rather than the South or Midwest, have the highest share of residents living in small towns.