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ERIC Number: EJ784281
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Sep
Pages: 26
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 41
ISSN: ISSN-0036-0112
What Clean Break?: Education and Nonmetropolitan Migration Patterns, 1989-2004
Domina, Thurston
Rural Sociology, v71 n3 p373-398 Sep 2006
Recent data suggest that nonmetropolitan America is experiencing an outmigration trend. Between 1998 and 2004, more people have moved out of nonmetropolitan areas than moved into these areas. This net outmigration trend presents a fundamental challenge to nonmetropolitan areas and contradicts the predictions of social scientists who argued that the rural renaissance of the 1970s represented a clean break with earlier patterns of internal migration. Using annual data from the 1989-2004 rounds of the Current Population Survey March Demographic Supplement, this paper analyzes recent trends in metropolitan/nonmetropolitan migration. It demonstrates that highly educated nonmetropolitan youth are leading contemporary nonmetropolitan outmigration. Contrary to the clean break theory, this paper argues that economic incentives continue to be relevant to current nonmetropolitan/metropolitan migration patterns. (Contains 3 figures, 4 tables and 7 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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