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How is Rural America Changing? John Cromartie, USDA

Friday, May 24, 2013 at 9:15 a.m. EDT

John Cromartie, geographer in the Economic Research Service (ERS) of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, discusses statistics about changes in rural and small town America.

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Biography: John Cromartie

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How is Rural America Changing? [PDF]
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Highlights from recent releases on rural population trends [PDF]
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Rural counties cover 72 percent of U.S. land area and include 15 percent of U.S. residents [PDF]
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Urban America was much smaller in 1970, with fewer metropolitan areas and smaller suburbs [PDF]
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Rural counties are diverse, with major regional differences in economic specialization [PDF]
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For the first time, rural counties as a whole are declining in population [PDF]
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Population growth from natural change (births minus deaths) has steadily declined in rural counties [PDF]
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A dramatic slowdown in suburban and exurban development has contributed to rural population loss [PDF]
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Rapid population growth in rural recreation counties has been interrupted [PDF]
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Most rural counties lost population 2010-2012
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Population change during 2004-2006 relects historic patterns

Sources of Information:
- "Nonmetro Areas as a Whole Experience First Period of Population Loss" by John Cromartie in Amber Waves (ERS online magazine), May 6, 2013
- Recent release: Update of the (nonmetro) Population & Migration "topic pages" of the agency's website, authored by John Cromartie: New data and analysis on May 14, 2013 and -
- Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America, a web-based mapping tool. Much of the data updated May 17, 2013

ERS Rural Topics:
- Rural Economy & Population

Additional Information:
- As More Move to the City, Does rural America Still Matter?, USA Today
- Western Pennsylvania's Rural Areas Increasingly Struggle with Population Loss Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- What's Your Definition of Rural? Daily Yonder

Source: U.S. Census Bureau | Public Information Office | | Last Revised: June 14, 2013