ERIC Number: ED103182
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Social and Economic Characteristics of the Population in Metro and Nonmetro Counties, 1970. Agricultural Economic Report No. 272.
Hines, Fred K.; And Others
United States counties were classified along a dimension of urban-rural residence. At one extreme of the dimension were inner cities of greater metropolitan areas; at the other extreme were totally rural counties without direct proximity to a metropolitan center. The socioeconomic characteristics of each county were compared for 1970 and for 1960-70 trends. Comparisons were made of the differences between the total population and the minority population as to: (1) the limitations imposed by the age and education structures; (2) the employment opportunities they offer; and (3) their incomes and economic prosperity. Socioeconomic characteristics examined included population distribution and growth, age, sex, family structures, geographic mobility, education, labor force participation, occupational status, income, and incidence of poverty. Data were collected from the 1960 and 1970 Censuses of Population. Counties were grouped into 10 residence categories to delineate them into metro and nonmetro categories by size of the metro area of which each metro county is a part, and by number of urban residents and geographic proximity to a metro area for rural areas. Findings indicated that the population of totally rural nonmetro counties, compared with that of other counties, had a relatively low level of current socioeconomic status and future potential. (Author/NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Economic Research Service (USDA), Washington, DC.