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Where the Creative Class Thrives in Rural America
Nov 6, 2018 - Looks at the distribution of the creative class between counties with varying levels of rurality. Although approximately 90% of the creative class is in urban areas, on average both rural and urban counties tend to have about 30% of their workforce made up by the creative class.
Source: City Lab
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Wages Are Higher in Urban Areas, But Growing Faster in Rural Ones
Oct 23, 2018 - Looks at data related to wages in urban and rural areas across the country. While wages tend to be higher in urban areas, large rural communities, especially those adjacent to urban areas, tend to have high wages as well. Rural communities have also seen significantly faster growth. The smallest and most isolated rural places tended to have the highest wage growth.
Source: City Lab
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America’s Worsening Geographic Inequality
Oct 16, 2018 - Discusses the growing divide between "prosperous" neighborhoods and "at-risk" neighborhoods, focusing on where these communities tend to be located. Affluent neighborhoods were concentrated in the north and east, while the south and east had the largest concentrations of distressed communities. Additionally, rural areas were the most unstable, with 30% experiencing downward mobility, 27% experiencing upward mobility, and only about 40% remaining stable.
Source: City Lab
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NPR Poll: Rural Americans Are Worried About Addiction And Jobs, But Remain Optimistic
Oct 16, 2018 - Details the findings of a new poll on Life in Rural America from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Questions included the biggest problems facing rural people and their families, their optimism about the future, economic and health concerns, the opioid epidemic, and more.
Source: NPR
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Some Rural Areas Are Better for Economic Mobility
Oct 2, 2018 - Discusses economic mobility for children based on where they grow up. Economic mobility varies widely not only between metro, micropolitan, and non-metropolitan counties, but within them. Significant differences exist between census tracts, and are attributable to a number of factors. Additionally, economic mobility rates vary between different parts of the country, with rural children who grew up in the Midwest having greater economic mobility than rural children who grew up in the South.
Source: City Lab
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Some Rural Counties Are Seeing a Job Boom, Too
Sep 25, 2018 - Discusses job growth numbers in rural and urban areas across the country, with a focus on rural areas. Rural locations, on average, have seen lower rates of job growth, but a closer look at the data reveals that some rural communities are experiencing job growth rates similar to counties in medium-size and smaller metro areas.
Source: City Lab
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