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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.

Pride and Resiliency on Display in Pilger

Just over two years ago, a tornado ravaged the northeast Nebraska town of Pilger. It left destruction in its wake. In a marvelous testament to rural grit and ingenuity, the community hosted a “Grand Reopening Celebration” on Saturday, June 18, 2016.

The newly reopened Midwest Bank was central to the day’s activities. At the ribbon cutting, Senator Deb Fischer and a representative of Senator Ben Sasse spoke, in addition to local citizens.

Premature Deaths on the Rise in Rural Areas

Where you live should not determine how long you live. New research shows it does.

Americans have enjoyed increasingly longer lives over time. Advances in medicine, a decline in fatal car accidents, and falling violent crime rates mean we are living longer.

But new research shows a reversal of this trend for some. If you are rich, geography doesn’t matter. Your expected lifespan is still increasing. But if you are poor, geography matters. In parts of the country we see an actual reversal of the trend.

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