Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has said that rural communities are in crisis as social housing funding is directed away from them and at urban areas.
The group analysed government figures and found that, given the current rate at which social housing is being built, it would take 133 years for everyone on the current social housing waiting list to be given a home.
According to Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government data, there are 177,688 families in rural council areas still waiting to be housed.
However only 1,336 social houses were built in those same areas last year.
CPRE said it is concerned that market towns and villages are being forgotten by central government.
Lois Lane, research and policy adviser at CPRE, said: “As social housing waiting lists continue to rise right across the country, it’s clear that councils are not able to build enough to meet anyone’s needs. But our analysis shows a clear disparity in focus and funding that has left a large number of rural communities suffering silently, and in real danger of being left behind.