35% (approx.) of rural American counties are experiencing significant population loss.
These counties are home to 6.2 million residents, which is
33% less than lived there in 1950.
The rural counties had an average population loss of
43% of their 20-to-24-year-olds in each decade from 1950 to 2010,
which means that they were home to far fewer women of child-bearing age.
60 percent of these counties had more deaths than births.
This combination of young adult outmigration,
fewer births, and more deaths
have created a downward spiral of rural population loss
that will be difficult to reverse.
Source: University of New Hampshire