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The current state of rural America


The Census Bureau defines rural as any population, housing, or territory not in an urban area.

Rural America tends to be viewed as a monolith of farm land, pick-up trucks and sparsely populated small towns.

In recent years the loss of population, hospitals and banks has some believing rural America is in decline.

However, Miami University of Ohio history professor Steven Conn challenges the idea of a rural America in crisis.

He says the challenges faced by rural America are the same challenges facing cities and suburbs.

We discuss the current state of rural America.



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