CARI: Center for Applied Rural Innovation


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Published in Research Report 09-2 of the Center for Applied Rural Innovation (2009) pp.0-37. Copyright © 2009 Center for Applied Rural Innovation, University of Nebraska


Self employment is the fastest growing part of the rural economy. Given this, what types of jobs do rural Nebraska households have? How many rural Nebraskans derive income from self employment? Are rural Nebraskans self employed out of necessity or because of personal preferences? How many rural Nebraskans have health insurance? Who owns agricultural land in the state and what are their future plans for it? This paper provides a detailed analysis of these questions.

This report details 2,852 responses to the 2009 Nebraska Rural Poll, the fourteenth annual effort to understand rural Nebraskans’ perceptions. Respondents were asked a series of questions about their employment. For all questions, comparisons are made among different respondent subgroups, that is, comparisons by age, occupation, region, etc.