CARI: Center for Applied Rural Innovation


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Published by the Center for Applied Rural Innovation, University of Nebraska – Lincoln. Copyright © 2007 by R. Cantrell, C. Burkhart-Kriesel, B. Johnson, C. Narjes, and R. Vogt.


Census data demonstrate that the movement of population in the rural Great Plains is not one-way. People do indeed move into as well as out of the region. Past research has identified perceptions of the quality of life in rural areas as an important consideration in the decision to migrate to such areas. However, those studies have not segmented the population of migrants in such a way as to fully inform efforts to recruit new residents. Using data collected from a survey of new Nebraska Panhandle residents, this study describes the motivations of recent migrants from both metropolitan and non-metropolitan points of origin, and identifies significant differences in how both push and pull factors are perceived.