Axios: Why rural counties are dying in America

EXCERPT: “Rural counties — particularly in the Midwest and Northeast of the U.S. — are losing people due to higher death rates than birth rates and more people moving away than moving in. The outlook: The 2020 census is likely to show the extent of this drastic trend. ‘Barring a significant reversal in the next few years,’ Richard Fry of the Pew Research Center tells Axios, ‘the share of the population living in rural counties will be less than it was in 2010 … Rural clout in Congress and the electoral college will be diminished.’ By the numbers: Overall, non-metro areas increased in population between 2000 and 2015, but a majority of rural counties saw their populations dwindle, including 54% of rural counties in the Northeast and 68% of those in the Midwest, according to a study by Pew Research.” FULLSTORY: