America’s urban population has been growing while rural areas are declining – especially after the great recession. This is not new, as rural decline has been affected by the long-term shift from an agriculturally based economy to a service based economy. However, the preference of many millennials for urban settings exacerbates the issue and reduces the rural community’s ability to replenish the population.
Life in Rural America: A Statistical Portrait presents economic and demographic indicators of the rural population and help users understand the community and geographic differences that rural communities experience. The book will be used as a reference source for data users looking to understand community and geographic differences in the rural component of the nation’s population.
Robert Scardamalia is a professional demographer whose career included serving as Chief Demographer for the State of New York for 22 years. As President of RLS Demographics, Inc. he has continued to provide demographic analysis for state and local governments and organizations, including work with the New York State Office for the Aging and the Albany Guardian Society, a senior services advocacy organization in Albany, NY. He specializes in the production of demographic projections, use of demographic and economic data for policy analysis and consumer marketing.
He is also the author of Aging of America and Millenials in America, both published by Bernan Press.