Many Rural Areas are Losing Population

Many Rural Areas are Losing Population

Census data show significant population decreases in many rural areas, notably in the Great Plains (white indicates metropolitan areas). Many rural communities’ existing vulnerabilities to climate change, including physical isolation, reduced services like health care, and an aging population, are projected to increase as population decreases. (Figure source: USDA Economic Research Service 20135a9e656f-8a8f-497e-b11d-85db13fe4b4b).

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