Сравнение материального положения сельских и городских жителей в период 2015-2020 гг.
The problems of rural development have been on the agenda in Russia for more than a decade. However, the wealth gap between urban and rural populations persists despite all efforts to reduce it. In this article, we compare the financial situation of rural and urban residents in the period from 2011 to 2020. As the basis of our research, we use the statistics published by Rosstat. These data help to identify major trends in rural household well-being relative to urban households. In general, it is possible to conclude not only a significant lagging the level of material well-being of rural residents, but also negative trends, which, although reinforced by the impact of the pandemic of coronavirus infection in 2020, have emerged and manifested even earlier. Comparing the living standards of urban and rural households is important in terms of understanding the causes of urbanization and the mechanisms for integrated rural development, including measures necessary to improve the living standards of rural residents.