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ERIC Number: ED139556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The State of Economic and Social Development in the North Central Region of the United States.
Rogers, Keith D.; And Others
Emphasizing patterns of rural economic and social activity in the North Central Region (NCR) of the U.S., this report utilizes U.S. census data to survey and analyze: population distribution; business patterns; agricultural activity; local and county government expenditures; and income distribution. Among the major findings reported are: slightly more than 27% of the total 1970 U.S. population resided in the NCR; major concentrations of both people and economic activity were in the western end of the NCR manufacturing belt (Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Wisconsin); business activity measured in terms of employment was dominated by manufacturing (6.6 million); retail trade (3.1 million), and services (2.6 million); farm numbers declined by more than 21% and farm size increased by more than 20% from 1959-69; sales of all farm products increased significantly from 1959 to 1969; local and county government expenditures varied from $244 to $372 per capita; unemployment was concentrated in northern Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan; costs of education, highways, and natural resources correlated negatively with population density and represented increasing costs as density declined; concentrations of high income families were found in the industrial areas with low income concentrations in the rural areas. (JC)
Descriptors: Agricultural Production, Business, Census Figures, Comparative Analysis, Differences, Economic Climate, Employment, Expenditures, Income, Industry, Local Government, Population Distribution, Population Growth, Regional Characteristics, Rural Development, Rural Urban Differences, Social Services, Socioeconomic Status, Tables (Data)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: North Central Regional Center for Rural Development, Ames, IA.