Category: Demography

The Week: How to keep young people from fleeing small towns for big cities

EXCERPT: “The tendency of young people to leave small-town America for the big city isn’t new. But for the past few decades, more and more of us have been doing it. As Alana Semuels pointed out in an article for The Atlantic a couple years ago, ‘Over the past two decades, as cities have become job centers that attract ...

Minnesota Public Radio: Immigrants boost Worthington economy

EXCERPT: “During a time when immigrants are often under fire, the president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis had some nice things to say about them this week. During a two day visit to Worthington, Neel Kashkari said immigrants are helping that southwest Minnesota city grow, something many communities in rural parts of the state can ...

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,’ ...

KCUR-Radio: As rural towns lose population, they can learn to ‘shrink smart’

EXCERPT: “Just outside tiny Sheffield, Iowa, a modern steel and glass office building has sprung up next to a cornfield. Behind it, there’s a plant that employs almost 700 workers making Sukup brand steel grain bins. The factory provides an economic anchor for Sheffield, population 1,125. Charles Sukup, the company’s president, says that even though workers ...

On getting to the heart of the rural housing shortage, pt 2

  Market forces in small rural communities almost guarantee that it will cost more to build a new starter home there than young families can afford, says the Center’s research associate Kelly Asche. Discussing his new report on the housing shortage, Kelly tells how some public-private partnerships are making it happen in places like St. ...

The Workforce Housing Shortage: Getting to the heart of the issue

Providing housing for a community or region’s population is complex and dynamic. A healthy housing market should be able to provide housing for most people and their diverse needs through a combination of natural churn and new construction. In rural areas, however, economic and demographic forces are at work creating a housing shortage that many communities ...