Population Redistribution Trends in Nonmetropolitan America, 2000–2018

Kenneth M. Johnson , University of New Hampshire

Given the turbulent economic conditions of the past 18 years, it is an appropriate time to examine population redistribution trends in nonmetropolitan America. The primary focus here in on how the recent economic turbulence has impacted nonmetropolitan population growth and redistribution. Analysis centers on the three major demographic components of population change: (1) internal migration; (2) immigration; and (3) natural increase. The analysis will compare demographic change in different types of nonmetropolitan counties and also examine the differential impact of the recession on population trends in nonmetropolitan and metropolitan areas. Our results will provide a rich and nuanced picture of how recent demographic changes have redistributed the population of nonmetropolitan America and how the components of demographic change combined to produce this change.

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 Presented in Session 98. The Changing Demography of Rural Areas