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Learning to Be Rural

I grew up in a place we affectionately called, “big town, little city.” It was big enough to have rival cross-town high schools and a university, but small enough that I knew all my neighbors and always felt safe.

But it wasn’t a rural place.

Growing up in Wisconsin, rural living never felt far away however. Radio stations played country music, the 4-H club was open to kids that lived in the city, and my mother and her friends practiced a style of parenting that predates “free range.”

Part 2: Income Inequality, Health, and the Rural Great Plains

This post is another in a series by Jon M Bailey, former director of rural policy and analysis at the Center, focusing on family economic security, health, and well being.

In a previous post I looked at income inequality as a rural issue and its affect on health, and how, at least in Nebraska, income inequality is a rural issue. This time let’s expand our look to include income inequality in all Great Plains states.

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