Viewpoint: Rural America on cusp of reversing 'brain drain'

After decades of "brain drain," rural communities are set to start attracting more early- to mid-career workers, according to an op-ed in The New York Times from podcaster Sarah Smarsh.

Ms. Marsh hosts "The Homecomers," a podcast about rural and working-class America. She believes rural towns are poised for a comeback, citing population declines in major cities like New York and Los Angeles, and polls that show most Americans most want to live in rural areas. Ms. Smarsh believes the longing for rural America crosses demographics, including race, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation.

This renewed longing for rural America has been observed in Minnesota by St. Paul-based University of Minnesota Extension researcher Ben Winchester, who calls it the "brain gain," according to the report.

Read the full column here.

 

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