The 2014 Farm Bill made areas with populations up to 35,000 – an increase from 25,000 – and rural in character eligible for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s rural home loan programs, with certain provisions. In implementing the Farm Bill, USDA has recently redrawn and made publicly available new state maps for the purpose of determining property eligibility.
The new state maps can be found at here. This site is used to determine eligibility for certain USDA home loan programs and the USDA Satellite Grant Program. In order to be eligible for many USDA loans, household income must meet certain guidelines. Also, the home to be purchased or served must be located in an eligible rural area as defined by USDA.