ERIC Number: ED135520
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976-Aug
A Further Look at Nonmetropolitan Population Growth Since 1970.
Beale, Calvin L.
Late in 1973 it became evident that the trend of population growth in the U.S. had turned toward rural and small town areas. Growth and migration rates for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas were compared. Counties were classified by certain basic functional characteristics, and the trend was examined in those that were dominated by some feature or function. Principal source of current population data was the annual series of estimates for all counties conducted by the Census Bureau in cooperation with State agencies. Causal data such as the Social Security Administration's statistics on covered employment and on location of retired worker beneficiaries were also used. Findings included: from April 1970 to July 1974, the nonmetropolitan counties increased in population by 5.6%, while metropolitan counties grew by 3.4%; as measured by the rate of net migration, all but two States showed increased net retention or greater acquisition of population in their nonmetro areas in the 1970's as compared with the 1960's; the nonmetro counties that showed the most rapid growth were those that were termed retirement counties; the second most rapidly growing class of nonmetro counties was those where a senior State college was located; and counties with high dependence on farming were still having net outmigration though on a far lower pace of outmovement than in the 1960's. (NQ)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Congress of the U.S., Washington, DC. Office of Technology Assessment.
Note: Paper presented at the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment Conference on Communications and Rural America (Washington, D.C., November 15-17, 1976). Related documents include RC 009 671-683