This research has been supported by U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative Agreement 58-3 AEN-0–80065 and by U.S. Department of Agriculture Cooperative States Research Service Grant 92–37401-8283. Some of the data were obtained from the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research. Michael Maly and Greg Auguste provided assistance with data processing and maps.
The Recent Revival of Widespread Population Growth in Nonmetropolitan Areas of the United States1
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1994 Rural Sociological Society
Volume 59, Issue 4, pages 655–667, December 1994
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Johnson, K. M. and Beale, C. L. (1994), The Recent Revival of Widespread Population Growth in Nonmetropolitan Areas of the United States. Rural Sociology, 59: 655–667. doi: 10.1111/j.1549-0831.1994.tb00553.x
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Abstract Population growth was widespread in nonmetropolitan (nonmetro) areas of the United States during the early 1990s. More than 64 percent of the 2,277 nonmetro counties gained population between 1990 and 1992, compared with only 45 percent in the 1980s. The nonmetro population still grew at a slower pace than did the metropolitan population, but the gap was much narrower than during the 1980s. Net migration gains accounted for 43 percent of the total estimated nonmetro population increase of 879,000 between 1990 and 1992. These findings suggest it is premature to conclude that the renewed population growth in nonmetro areas first noted in the 1970s has ended.