CARI: Center for Applied Rural Innovation


Date of this Version

March 2001


Published by the Center for Applied Rural Innovation, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Copyright © 2001 by J. Allen, R. Vogt, and S. Ko.


This paper examines the residential preferences of rural Nebraskans. Data from the 1998 Nebraska Rural Poll were analyzed at two levels. First, the residential preferences of rural Nebraskans were compared to those of the general population of the United States. Second, the relationships between the attributes of the respondents’ current community and their residential preferences were examined. Current community size, the social attributes of the community and evaluations of local community services were all determined to be important influences on residential preferences. The findings illustrate the possible positive impact on rural Great Plains communities of enhancing social interaction and creatively providing service delivery.