Frontier areas are the most rural settled places along the rural-urban continuum, with residents far from health care, schools, grocery stores, and other necessities. Frontier is often thought of in terms of population density and distance in minutes and miles to population centers and other resources, such as hospitals.
Many frontier counties are located in the West, a part of the country where individual counties tend to cover a large geographic area. Even counties that have a town with a hospital, grocery store and other services may encompass areas that are much more rural and isolated, making them frontier counties. Frontier areas face challenges in providing access to health and human services even greater than the challenges faced by less isolated rural communities.
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