rural communities

Return Migration Invigorates Rural Communities

Cheryl Russell analyzes a study by the USDA’s Economic Research Service which reveals the factors that attract former residents of rural communities back to the communities they left as young adults.  Factors attracting return migration included:

-Family ties, especially parents.

-The desire to raise their children in a small town.

-High value placed on small town lifestyles.

-Outdoor recreation opportunities.

-Tighter-knit social networks.

-Less anonymous environment.


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