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Population Growth in Rural Missouri Counties in the 1990s: Yet Another Turnaround


  • Bruce Domazlicky

    (Southeast Missouri State University)


Nonmetropolitan counties in Missouri, similar to their national counterparts, have experienced alternating decades of rapid and slower growth since the 1970s. A simple reduced form model is used to identify the factors that explain population growth in rural Missouri counties. As found by earlier researchers, such factors as agricultural employment, income, city size, population density, race, retirement attraction and the existence of a state college continue to influence population growth in rural counties in Missouri. The variables identified are likely to contribute to continued growth in nonmetropolitan counties in the present decade.

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  • Bruce Domazlicky, 2002. "Population Growth in Rural Missouri Counties in the 1990s: Yet Another Turnaround," Journal of Economic Insight, Missouri Valley Economic Association, vol. 28(2), pages 31-45.
  • Handle: RePEc:mve:journl:v:28:y:2002:i:2:p:31-45

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    Cited by:

    1. Mann, Stefan, 2005. "The Depopulation of Rural Areas and the Farming System," 94th Seminar, April 9-10, 2005, Ashford, UK 24415, European Association of Agricultural Economists.
    2. Oehmke, James F. & Tsukamoto, Satoshi & Post, Lori A., 2007. "Can Health Care Services Attract Retirees And Contribute to the Economic Sustainability of Rural Places?," Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Northeastern Agricultural and Resource Economics Association, vol. 36(1), pages 1-12, April.
    3. Stefan Mann & Daniel Erdin, 2007. "Towards a rural post‐work society," International Journal of Social Economics, Emerald Group Publishing Limited, vol. 34(12), pages 904-913, October.

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    JEL classification:

    • R11 - Urban, Rural, Regional, Real Estate, and Transportation Economics - - General Regional Economics - - - Regional Economic Activity: Growth, Development, Environmental Issues, and Changes


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