Repopulating the Countryside: A 1980 Census Trend

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Science  17 Sep 1982:
Vol. 217, Issue 4565, pp. 1111-1116
DOI: 10.1126/science.217.4565.1111


Census data confirm that in the 1970's population grew more rapidly outside than inside metropolitan territory, reversing a historic pattern. The new data reveal that the dispersion of population growth beyond metropolitan areas was not so much a movement to small towns as a movement to the open countryside. The trends appear strong enough to suggest a new shift toward rural life-styles.