Small Towns

Rural communities hold the keys to survival in their own hands. With help from policies that build on their strengths as desirable places to live and raise families, they can thrive.

Community Development

To thrive, rural communities must invest in themselves and their futures, including rural schools and rural leaders.

Community Food Systems

Local farmers markets, community gardens, and local and regional food systems provide fresh, healthy food for all and keep money circulating in the local economy.

Rural Groceries

Small towns across rural America are losing their grocery stores, and we’re working to help groceries stay around.

Small Towns Notes

 

The Case for Small Schools

Our Small Schools series of articles began as a response to public statements about the need to eliminate small, rural schools. They said small schools are “inefficient,” and take away too many resources (i.e., public aid to education) from deserving larger schools.

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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.

#LoveRuralAm: Trading Entertainment for Enrichment

A little over 8 years ago, I traded the comfortable confines of my little college town to chase my future in the (relatively) big city. After 23 years living and working with and around livestock and wide open fields, I’d decided I’d had enough. I wanted to make my way where there were more people, more opportunities, and you never had to look too far for something to do.

I’ll tell you, I wasn’t disappointed when I got there. At the time, moving to the city was exactly what I was looking for, and what I thought I needed. I was, without a doubt, entertained.