Rural decline in Nebraska

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  • Rural decline in Nebraska
    • facts
      • US state in middle of the Great Plains
      • Roughly size of England and Wales combined
      • Winters are cold, average -11.7 and summers are hot, east reaches 33 degrees
      • west receives 400mm of rain per annum
      • classed as semi-arid, growing season only about 150 days
    • population change
      • grew 8% between 1990 and 2000
      • 53/93 counties in the state lost population between 1990 and 2000
      • growth concentrated in eastern metropolitan areas EG Lincoln
    • rural decline
      • excess of deaths over births causes natural decrease
      • out migration exceeds in migration
        • net migrational loss
      • 455 more people left Nuckolls then entered, between 1990 and 2000, mostly young people
        • ageing population
      • lack of employment oppertunities
      • employment in agriculture declining, it used to be 1/4 jobs related
      • forced to leave to lack of jobs
      • not enough people to maintain local services
      • low income is push factor- less then $25,000 annum

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