December 2, 2019, 1pm PST
A new report the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Economic Research Service details the ways in which rural America has lagged behind metropolitan areas since the Great Recession.
July 13, 2019, 5am PDT
Counter to the usual narrative of population decline, some rural areas stand in serious need of housing.
The Christian Science Monitor
June 27, 2018, 8am PDT
As populations shrink, small towns are losing an important place to get together,,
June 23, 2018, 1pm PDT
Experts expect the 2020 Census to reveal some potentially startling trends of population decline in rural parts of the country.
May 14, 2018, 1pm PDT
Pretty Prairie has water with very high levels of nitrates, and lots of farmers that need to use nitrates if they want to keep the local economy going.
October 12, 2017, 11am PDT
Fishermen, former loggers, and conservationists are just some of the groups with a stake in whether a mining operation takes root in Washington state.
October 8, 2017, 11am PDT
NPR has identified a cultural phenomenon in rural America: craft beer is economic development—and a draw for young people.
July 3, 2017, 10am PDT
Small towns are in crisis. To save them, it might take a "new ruralism" of community leadership, volunteerism, and ventures in the creative economy.
September 28, 2016, 9am PDT
Nearly 500,000 people in the rural parts of the United States cannot afford modern plumbing.
June 22, 2016, 2pm PDT
As urban economies continue their upward trajectory, residents of counties once considered rural are commuting to cities. This has had both negative and positive effects on the communities in question.
July 17, 2015, 10am PDT
A decade ago many of Virginia's rural counties were among the fastest growing in the country, but in most of Virginia's counties deaths now outnumber births, and county populations are consequently growing more slowly or declining.
University of Virginia Center for Public Service
September 27, 2014, 9am PDT
Many rural counties are experiencing “brain gains” as newcomers age 30-49 move in. This migration is keeping small towns alive and contributing to a new narrative about rural places.
September 25, 2014, 5am PDT
In his third "place-decoding" essay from France, Chuck Wolfe recalls all that we can learn from walking between settled places.
June 2, 2014, 5am PDT
In this opinion piece, Brookings demographer William H. Frey looks at three years of census data and discusses whether urban growth will stay through the decade or whether the U.S. will return to its traditional, post-War suburban growth patterns.
February 10, 2014, 6am PST
Propane prices in some parts of the midwest and south had tripled; governors have demanded investigations into price gouging, and shelters have opened for those unable to afford the steep prices increases, yet production increased 15% from last year.
October 10, 2013, 6am PDT
Come November, 11 of Colorado's 64 counties, mostly in northeast, will vote to form a new state. Jack Healy explores what's behind the 51st State Initiative, what set it off, as well as other secession movements, mostly by rural areas in the U.S.
The New York Times - U.S.
July 9, 2013, 12pm PDT
Chuck Wolfe's photoshoot in the Palouse region of southeastern Washington State shows the timeless issues of human settlement, from agrarian to urban.
January 31, 2013, 6am PST
Dollar stores were already a presence in rural communities, but recession has caused dollar chains to ramp up development to keep pace with the public's growing need to stretch their paychecks. Urban communities aren't immune from chain creep either.
January 31, 2012, 5am PST
A new report by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy titled "Active Transportation Beyond Urban Centers,” debunks the myth that "nobody walks" in rural America.
August 10, 2011, 8am PDT
Four thousand FAA workers furloughed and 70,000 contractors were laid off as a result of a congressional disagreement on subsidies to rural airports and a labor provision.
Los Angeles Times - Opinion