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There are a lot of pluses to living in the country, such as open space and fresh air.

Good health, however, may not be one of them. A new CDC report compared working-age Americans who lived in rural or small urban counties with their counterparts living in large urban counties. All were asked to rate their health.

Rural folks rated theirs worse than their city cousins. Researchers say there are likely several underlying reasons: lower education, household income and probability of employment.

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Vaccine hesitancy in the early months of COVID-19 vaccinations was higher among Black people than among whites, but it also fell faster.

In December 2020, vaccine hesitancy hovered around 38% among Blacks compared with 28% among whites. By June 2021, it was 11% lower at 27% among Blacks, but just 1% lower among whites at 27%.

"Black individuals in the U.S. are cautious in their use of novel medical technologies for good reason -- the history of abuse by medical and research communities is real -- but they are just as likely as White individuals to embrace vaccination once they are convinced that vaccines are safe, effective, and necessary," wrote researchers who conducted the study, suggesting that differences in who gets vaccinated may come down to who has access.

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