ERIC Number: ED262937
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Three Decades of Rural Community Growth and Decline.
Sofranko, Andrew J.; And Others
Illinois CRD Report, n11 Aug 1985
Rural communities of less than 2,500 residents in Illinois showed a reversal of growth patterns between 1950-80. During the 1950's Illinois' approximately 900 rural towns grew at a rate of 60% compared with 81-86% growth rate for towns in other size classes; during the 1970's rural towns showed a steady growth increase of 73% while growth of towns of more than 10,000 residents was sharply reduced to 40-51%. Proximity to metropolitan centers and access to interstate highways were vital to rural community growth in the 1950's and 1960's, with proximity to a metropolitan area the more important factor. By the 1970's these factors played a less significant role and in recent years rural community growth has taken place independently of location, indicating a renewed vitality for small towns. Regional trends show rural towns in northern Illinois less likely to grow in the 1970's than in the 1950's, those in western and southern Illinois more likely to grow in the 1970's, and those in central Illinois equally likely to grow in all three decades. Six illustrative tables and four figures accompany the text and provide comparisons for 1950-60, 1960-70, and 1970-80. (LFL)
Descriptors: Community Characteristics, Comparative Analysis, Demography, Metropolitan Areas, Municipalities, Population Distribution, Population Growth, Population Trends, Regional Characteristics, Rural Areas, Rural Population, Transportation
Illinois CRD Report, 305 Mumford Hall, 1301 West Gregory, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL 61801 (Single copies free).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Cooperative Extension Service.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois