Rural communities face unique barriers to safety, self-sufficiency, and services, including fewer comprehensive and accessible services in rural areas, the lack
of privacy in close-knit communities, and ruralism, a form of discrimination held by urban institutions and advocates that characterizes rural communities
as already always more backward, close-minded, and violent than their urban counterparts. Ruralism is an attitudinal barrier that affects the
ways people from rural areas access services in urban or micropolitan areas.
13.8% of Colorado’s population live in rural communities, spread over 104,185 square smiles. 17.7% of Colorado’s rural population identifies as having a disability, compared to
11.8% of Colorado’s urban population.