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News by Topic: Rural-urban differences

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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Native-Owned Financial Institutions Battle Credit Deserts
Oct 16, 2018 - Focuses on native-owned banks, credit unions, and community development financial institutions that fill the gap in tribal areas to foster economic and community development. These institutions are local, and so can respond to the needs of the community in question, and provide otherwise-absent access to credit and capital. Non-tribal rural residents living nearby benefit from these institutions as well.
Source: High Country News
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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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Rural Workers Get Fewer Benefits to Help with Elder Care
Sep 20, 2018 - Details an interview with Carrie Henning-Smith, an assistant professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota’s School of Public Health, regarding challenges rural caregivers face when providing uncompensated care for family members or elders. Discusses differences with workplace benefits for rural and urban caregivers.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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The Divides Within, and Between, Urban and Rural America
Sep 19, 2018 - The first in a series of articles that will focus on the rural-urban divide. Provides an overview of the series and looks at the data and methodology that will be used. Upcoming articles will cover population growth, jobs, wages, college grads, and the knowledge-based creative class.
Source: CityLab
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