ERIC Number: ED175606
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Aug-23
Reference Count: 0
Rural Residents in the Ozarks: A Comparison of Migrants and Nonmigrants.
Nolan, Michael F.; And Others
To compare various socio-demographic indicators and attitudes on community issues of recent urban to rural migrants with those of native residents, personal interviews were conducted with an adult in 3391 households in the 5 county Meramec Area of Missouri during the fall of 1977. Of the respondents, 24% had lived in the county 7 years or less, 32% had lived in the county 8 years or more, and 44% had never lived outside the county. Findings indicated that urban to rural migrants were younger, more educated, and had higher incomes than other residents of the area. All groups were in substantial agreement that tax money should be directed to medical facilities, law enforcement, improved roads, services to senior citizens, and fire protection. There were differences between age groups on spending more tax money to improve schools and build playgrounds but there were few differences among migrants within age groups. Over 66% of respondents felt the county was increasing in population and felt that the change was good. There was wide support for attracting industry, business, services, and new employment opportunities, and moderately strong support for the county to attract tourists and new residents. Migrants and nonmigrants alike desired the same kind of services; while population increase may bring an increased demand on services, it should not result in calls for either new services or a change in the mix of services provided. (NEC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Missouri Univ., Columbia. Office of Rural Development.
Identifiers: Impact Studies; Long Term Residents; Missouri (Ozarks)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Rural Sociological Society (Burlington, Vermont, August 23-26, 1979)