Agricultural Economics Department


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Cornhusker Economics (March 13, 2013)


Published by University of Nebraska–Lincoln Extension, Institute of Agriculture & Natural Resources, Department of Agricultural Economics. Copyright © [2013] Board of Regents, University of Nebraska.


Declining rural populations have been making the news for decades. There is little doubt that the trend line of the most rural counties on the Great Plains has been down. But just because some rural areas are declining does not mean that all areas are declining, or are destined to decline. In fact, some rural areas are realizing that the quality of life they provide can be marketed and is an important factor for families looking to relocate from urban areas (Cantrell et al., 2008).