Trump, Sanders Sweep City and Country Vote in Indiana Victories

Bernie Sanders wins across the board in Indiana, taking both metropolitan and rural voters. On the Republican side, rural voters joined the rest of the state in supporting Trump.... READ MORE

Transportation and wharehousing was the only industry sector where average incomes for nonemployer establishments increased for nonmetropolitan residents from 2003 to 2013.   Photo by raymondclarkeimages/Flickr

‘Gig Economy’: As Number of ‘Gig’ Workers Increases, Incomes Fall

The average income for workers who are free-lance or self-employed fell from 2003 to 2013. The findings raise questions about the future of the gig economy if we don’t renegotiate the social contract.... READ MORE

WWE wrestler CM Punk comes off the top rope during a match. Photo by Eva Rinaldi/Flickr

Letter from Langdon: Trump’s Atomic Knee Drop

Like the results of a professional wrestling match, rural America’s future is rigged. If it doesn't matter who gets elected, why not vote for the candidate who puts on the best show? That's why Trump is popular with rural voters -- and others.... READ MORE

Photo by Lance Booth.

In the Black: Size Matters

When it comes to exacting revenge on a braggart, the crew knows just how to cross the line.... READ MORE


Nonmetro Population Stabilizes in Latest Estimate

After falling slightly for the past four years, the estimated population of rural America remained virtually even from 2014 to 2015. Counties with small cities fared better than less-populated counties, however, which have lost population over the past five years.... READ MORE

Daily Yonder based on county-level primary returns

Clinton Wins by Bigger Margin in Cities, Trump in Rural

Trump continues to show greater popularity among rural Republicans. Although Clinton won handily, Sanders decreased the margin or won among rural Democrats.... READ MORE

Couch's 'The Small-Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century '

Letter from Langdon: Review of ‘The Small-Town Midwest’

Julianne Couch’s new book, The Small-Town Midwest: Resilience and Hope in the Twenty-First Century, is a road trip through five Midwestern states that highlights common experience and community leaders.... READ MORE

Speak Your Piece: Why Big Media Don’t Understand Middle America

The highest-profile pundits live in a bubble that cuts them off from the mood and temperament of Americans who don't live on the coasts. That's why they got the Campaign 2016 so wrong.... READ MORE

The Broadwing Farm Cabins in Hot Springs, North Carolina. Accommodations and Food Services is one industry where rural counties lead the way in the rate of nonemployer establishments. (Hot Springs, though a small town, is actually in a metropolitan county -- Marshall, which is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area.

‘Gig Economy’: Rural Counties Lead the Way in Several Categories

In the last decade, small cities and rural areas saw less growth than metro in the “gig economy” – which includes temporary jobs, contracted labor, and self-employment. But in eight of 18 industries, rural areas led the way. Some of the categories may surprise you.



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