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Researcher Finds Good Number in Rural Population

posted on June 27, 2008

WILLMAR, Minn. (ap)- The Midwest's small towns may be shrinking, but one Minnesota has found some encouraging numbers. Benjamin Winchester is a data analyst and researcher with the Center for Small Towns on the University of Minnesota-Morris campus. Winchester analyzed 1990 and 2000 census data. He found that while many of Minnesota's rural counties lost population in those periods, every rural county gained in the numbers of people from ages 30 to 44. That bubble was accompanied by a bulge in the numbers of kids from about age 10 to age 19. Winchester says it shows an inflow of newcomers to the country who have already begun their families. He said rural developers have to focus on how to keep such people. Winchester said the newcomers typically say they want a sense of belonging in the community plus professional opportunities.

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