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 towards people in rural 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.