What are the effects of rural depopulation?
Rural population reached its peak in the 1940s and 1950s. This undoubtedly was connected to the rise of agriculture as America's primary economic force. In the last fifty years, nearly half of all rural counties are declining in population. From 2010 to 2016, only 57% of counties gained population. This trend is one that has been in motion for half a century. As agricultural jobs began to fail in providing a basic income, many people moved to cities for employment. Moreover, the high morbidity rate, paired with the historically relatively low fertility rate, is not...
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