There’s no longer one “rural America.” A study in Ohio identified five different types of rural communities, with three of them sprouting up just outside of metro areas.

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in new jersey every single county is dense enough to fit the definition of metropolitan. some of these counties are like 50% farmland.


“Rural census tracts close to large metro areas overwhelmingly added new people, while other remote rural areas had only slight gains or lost residents,” Urbanizing rural, Suburban middle-income destinations, Rural low-income destinations. The remaining two types of communities were farther away from cities:


A lot of former rural areas just turned to exurbs.


Seems like they basically split them up like this: * Rural towns not too far from a city with a bunch of older rich people moving in * cheap housing in the middle of nowhere but still commutable to the city, popular with younger adults looking to buy a home but priced out of the city * rural towns with a factory or plant in them that is attracting low income workers * farming communities that are relatively stable * Mining areas which are drying up and people are leaving It should be noted that they limited this study to just Ohio, and only people who moved from somewhere in Ohio to somewhere else in Ohio.


I feel like we’ll see more of this rural change as people in tech can continue to work remote and live just about anywhere with wifi.