More people are choosing to leave nonmetropolitan counties than are choosing to move there. A new chart from the Economic Research Service shows the trend is universal in nonmetropolitan counties, though there are some bright spots.
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Ryan Dorgan began taking pictures during his sophomore year of college, when a camera literally showed up on his doorstep. He’s now a photojournalist in Casper, Wyoming, where he spends much of his time taking pictures of the Wyoming landscape he remembers from a childhood road trip.
Nonmetropolitan counties lost 330,000 jobs from January 2014 to January 2015, reversing a year of economic improvement for rural America. In the same period, metropolitan counties added 3.1 million jobs.
From her home in the “MOzark” Mountains, Rachel Reynolds Luster invests a lot in her community as a librarian, folklorist, co-op organizer, and musician. In return, the community has invested a lot in her, she says.