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Part 2: Immigrants and Latinos Bring Economic Growth to Rural Communities

Latinos and immigrants are not only bringing population growth to rural America, they are also bringing economic growth. (The great majority of foreign-born rural residents in the U.S. come from Latin America.) Economists have found that, nationwide, rural counties with larger proportions of Latino populations tend to be better off economically than those with smaller Latino populations.

Part 1: Immigrants and Latinos Bring Population Growth to Rural Communities

Unfortunately, in the rancor of the presidential primary season, discussion of the benefits immigrants bring to rural communities and states has gotten lost. In this two-part series, we aim to remedy that oversight.

Today’s post focuses on population growth. In Part 2, we will look at economic growth. Taken together, both population growth and economic growth from new Americans comprise a two-fold boost to rural communities.

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