We are always discussing the latest best city lists, why not a rural list ?
From an AP Wire article was the link to the Progressive Farmer magazine:
Much more info at their website!!!
There is an article / stat sheet / photo gallery for each.
1. Fauquier County, Virginia
"Rural, proud of it and trying to stay that way" could be the unofficial motto of this county lying 45 minutes west of Washington, D.C.
2. Oconee County, Georgia
A transitional county that retains its rural flavor, Oconee has been discovered as a great place to live by people just across the river at Athens, home of the University of Georgia.
3. McPherson County, Kansas
First things first--pronounce it correctly. It's mac-FUR-son, and any resident will tell you: "There's no FEAR in McPherson."
4. Callaway County, Missouri
Located almost in the middle of the U.S., Callaway County is a special place, as any Callawegian (that's what a native calls himself) will tell you.
5. Grafton County, New Hampshire
Though geographically large (it's twice the size, for instance, of Callaway County, Mo.), Grafton County is dominated by the White Mountain National Forest.
6. Gillespie County, Texas
Scenic granite hills to the north and fertile pastures to the south, all dotted with oak and cedar, give nearly anyone with a rural bent something to love.
7. Sauk County, Wisconsin
A surprise waits around every bend in the road and over every crest of the hill in this lovely county.
8. Wilson County, Tennessee
The eastern neighbor of sprawling Davidson County (Nashville), Wilson County retains much of its good farmland but with subdivisions and small farms playing a more prominent role now.
9. Eagle County, Colorado
Rocky Mountain peaks, ski resorts including Vail and secluded scenic valleys have made Eagle more of a playground for the rich and famous than an ag stronghold.
10. Rankin County, Mississippi
Rankin County, which lies just across the Pearl River from state capital Jackson, is growing quickly. Still, it manages to maintain its rural flavor.
There are listings by regions and by state.