CARI: Center for Applied Rural Innovation


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Nebraska Rural Poll Research Report 15-4, October 2015.


Copyright 2015 University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Population losses are an ongoing problem in rural counties. This loss leads to many issues faced by rural communities such as funding public services, business transition and retention, recruiting new residents, an aging population base as well as many others. Given these challenges, how do rural Nebraskans feel about their community? Are they satisfied with the services provided by their community? Are they planning to move from their community in the next year? Have these views changed over the past twenty years? This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions. This report details 1,991 responses to the 2015 Nebraska Rural Poll, the twentieth annual effort to understand rural Nebraskans’ perceptions. Respondents were asked a series of questions about their community. Trends for some of the questions are examined by comparing data from the nineteen previous polls to this year’s results. In addition, comparisons are made among different respondent subgroups, that is, comparisons by age, occupation, region, etc. Based on these analyses, some key findings emerged.