Skip to comments.Rural US disappearing? Population share hits low
Posted on 07/27/2011 8:23:08 PM PDT by Hunton Peck
WASHINGTON (AP) Rural America now accounts for just 16 percent of the nation's population, the lowest ever.
The latest 2010 census numbers hint at an emerging America where, by midcentury, city boundaries become indistinct and rural areas grow ever less relevant. Many communities could shrink to virtual ghost towns as they shutter businesses and close down schools, demographers say.
More metro areas are booming into sprawling megalopolises. Barring fresh investment that could bring jobs, however, large swaths of the Great Plains and Appalachia, along with parts of Arkansas, Mississippi and north Texas, could face significant population declines.
These places posted some of the biggest losses over the past decade as young adults left and the people who stayed got older, moving past childbearing years.
"This place ain't dead yet, but it's got about half a foot in the grave," said Bob Frees, 61, of Moundsville, W.Va., which now has a population of just over 9,000. "The big-money jobs are all gone. We used to have the big mills and the rolling plants and stuff like that, and you could walk out of high school when you were 16 or 17 and get a $15-an-hour job."
Demographers put it a bit more formally.
"Some of the most isolated rural areas face a major uphill battle, with a broad area of the country emptying out," said Mark Mather, associate vice president of the Population Reference Bureau, a research group in Washington, D.C. "Many rural areas can't attract workers because there aren't any jobs, and businesses won't relocate there because there aren't enough qualified workers. So they are caught in a downward spiral."
Rural towns are scrambling to attract new residents and stave off heavy funding cuts from financially strapped federal and state governments.
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One factor is surely simply definitional: The Census Bureau keeps redefining metropolitan areas to include more and more rural land. It's not that people are moving out; rather, the ciies are moving in. For example, I live about 120 miles by road, or 90 by crow, from the Twin Cities in Minnesota, but I can almost walk to the boundary of their MSA, which includes great swaths of farmland and undeveloped tracts.
I don’t put much stock in anything that came out of the last census. It was run by corrupt Commie ‘RATS and the results are what the ‘RATS want them to be. Just the ‘RATS having more “Fun With Numbers”. It’s all bull****. Most conservatives didn’t even participate.
The worse it gets the cheaper it’ll be for me to go rural.
“Much of this is probably wishful thinking on the part of urban-centric AP”
Democrat policies have destroyed the small factories that dotted the landscape outside the cities, long gone to China or Mexico.
$3 to $4 gas has made the long commute to the cities unworkable for all but the highest paid execs or Government apparatchiks.
What’s left is either Ag, struggling small biz owners drowning in government regulation, Obamacare, and taxes, local gov employees, and those working for them, or those on assistance.
Hope Yen seems to be wishing away redstate citizens
I would rather we had 17 year olds in minor towns making $15 than Inner city welfare cases
Yep, send the urban trash back to the big city where it belongs, and stay the hell off my property!
Stupid bastards don't know what "No Trespassing" means. Public education 'n all that....
They’ve classified my area as “suburban” now.
How many “suburban” two lane roads get closed down due to a herd of Angus snapping a fence and throwing a cow liberation party?
There are so few people here in “the suburbs” that our little post office is being shut down and our mail is now being delivered from the next nearest town...a “suburb” of about 300 people.
Although, since they do have 2 stop lights now, that town is probably considered “urban”.
Columbus annexes aggressively, but those empty areas usually fill in after a few years. A lot of the deals have to do with water and sewer agreements.
It has been a problem for a long time and won't go away any time soon.
Urbanization is almost irreversible unless/until civilization collapses then population declines turns into fewer cities, economic depression and more self-sufficient communities at a lower standard of living. That is the pattern across continents and millenia.
We had a flood of flatlanders come out this way for a taste of The Good Life.
Then gas went sky high, commuting to DC broke their banks, they couldn’t pay their insane mortgages and they went back to their own paved-over liberal hell.
The few who remain are so far underwater, it’s not even funny.
[well, it is but I’m being polite]
The “chateau” up the pike cost the guy $695,000 smackers to build.
He can’t even sell it now for “just” $250,000.
On the bright side, the ‘crime wave’ we experienced via their punk brats breaking and entering to steal poor hillbilly’s guns has ended.
We actually had strangers wander up our dirt road, intending to “hike” the mountain.
How ~many~ “No Trespassing” signs does a person have to read to get the freaking point?
It got to where my dad put up a locked gate and gave me free rein to “run ‘em off” however I saw fit.
“$3 to $4 gas has made the long commute to the cities unworkable for all but the highest paid execs or Government apparatchiks.” Excellent point. People seem to prefer whistling past the graveyard rather than confront realities which have been with us for decades. And many just have a pathological hatred of cities for various bad reasons.
That's why I use this sign:
Do you dispute any of the conclusions or facts in the article?
Looks like the DC Communists are going to make their Agenda 21 quota for their UN overlords the old fashioned way--cook the books!
I dispute everything.
Call me a contrarian. Sure, wealth gravitates to the citys but so does poverty and restriction.
I would argue that people are fleeing urban centers looking for economic futures too.
There are millions of us that have been displaced in the past 35 years as city’s collapsed.
Whooaaa! I pity the fool!
Yes, it’s part of our master plan. Now stop building McMansions. Oh wait, we took care of that too.
These characters ain't Angus, but maybe they're in league with 'em:
OK, so the city is assimilating us like the blob.
I didn’t read all the way through.