The share of people in rural areas over the past decade fell to 16 percent, passing the previous low of 20 percent in 2000. The rural share is expected to drop further as the U.S. population balloons from 309 million to 400 million by mid-century, leading people to crowd cities and suburbs and fill in the open spaces around them. In 1910, the population share of rural America was 72 percent. Such areas remained home to a majority of Americans until 1950, amid post-World War II economic expansion and the baby boom. "Rural" is generally defined as nonmetro areas with fewer than 50,000 people. When I was born, the population of the US was 141 million. Ok, so you have skills and insist that you will live off the land and hunt deer. So how many deer are there in the US? Recent estimates put the deer population in the United States at around 30 million. Ok, so 1 in 10 people will receive 1 deer to live off for a whole year (disregarding that we now have killed all of them off and there won't be any next year). When you think that you will bug out and live off the country or even farm after shtf in a long term survival mode, think again. This includes the people who wish that they will make it in the northern woods. If a desperate person has a tank of gasoline and an ATV, motorcycle, 4 wheel drive vehicle or snow mobile, those isolates will have the same problems.