USDA Releases New Report on Non-Metro American Population

Economic Research Services (ERS) reports: Non-metro America is less ethnically diverse and older than the rest of the country, though demographic trends indicate some changes lie ahead. Non-metro populations will continue to be older than metro populations because a greater proportion of retirees are moving to non-metro counties than metro counties, and because older people account for a larger share of the population in counties that are losing residents. Hispanic population growth is counteracting persistent population decline in many rural counties, especially in the Midwestern and Great Plains States. See

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