This Brief is part of a series examining socio-economic aspects of the 2010 Census for the Great Plains and parts of the Midwest.
Data from the 2010 Census show that rural areas in the Great Plains and Midwest continue to lose population, while smaller cities and metropolitan areas continue to expand.
That is the topic of this Issue Brief, the first in a series of briefs examining data from the 2010 Census.
Since the 1980 Census, the Center for Rural Affairs has analyzed Census data for a multi-state region. For the 2010 Census analysis, selected counties in Colorado, Montana, Wisconsin and Wyoming have been added to the examined region to obtain a broader view of the region.