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ERIC Number: EJ806526
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Dec
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-0112
Recent Immigrant Settlement in the Nonmetropolitan United States: Evidence from Internal Census Data
Donato, Katharine M.; Tolbert, Charles M., II; Nucci, Alfred; Kawano, Yukio
Rural Sociology, v72 n4 p537-559 Dec 2007
In the 1990s, studies have documented widespread growth of immigrants in U.S. communities not known as common destinations in the past. This trend has fueled population growth in some nonmetropolitan areas and offset population decline in other areas. In this paper, we examine the implications of recent foreign born in-migration for rural America. Our focus is on a collection of 59 nonmetropolitan counties where growth in foreign born stock offset declines in U.S. native population and resulted in increased local population by 2000. To understand these nonmetropolitan offset counties, we use confidential Census Bureau data that offer us the detailed geography and larger sample size needed to closely examine spatial shifts in the foreign born population, especially those recently arrived. Our findings illustrate dramatic compositional shifts in the populations of these areas, and suggest new demographic complexity in nonmetropolitan areas in the 21st century. (Contains 1 figure, 5 tables, and 6 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States