Rural experiences in the USA

Long, R.

Rural realities trends and choices Proceedings of the 35th Seminar of the European Association of Agricultural Economists, Aberdeen, Scotland, 27-29 June 1994: 195-198


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This description of four different types of rural areas illustrates the heterogeneity of the rural USA. It is shown that the areas losing population most rapidly are not the poorest, indeed the poorest areas of the Black Belt have relatively stable populations. However new businesses are rarely located in such areas, and the local population does not possess the resources to generate entrepreneurship from within their own community. By way of contrast, rural counties which are relatively accessible to metropolitan counties are more likely to attract new manufacturing employment than more remote ones. It is clear that no single rural development policy would meet the needs of all these different types of areas.