People keep leaving rural America. According to U.S. Census figures from 2010, just 16% of the country’s population lives in rural areas, down from 20% in 2000, and down dramatically from 72% about a hundred years ago. Behind those statistics, though, is a whole collection of stories, both of the people who left their rural hometowns and of those who’ve stayed. There are stories, too, of people who’ve returned, drawn back to the small towns they left for myriad reasons. State of the Re: Union wants to know those reasons, and the story of rural life that they tell.
Share your story: Why do you live in a rural area? Why did you return? Why is your community important? What’s the one thing you want a national audience to know about your rural America?
This is an opportunity to talk about what is happening in our communities, why our young people leave and also return, what we hope for the future, and how we’re making a difference.
Click here to contribute your story to this new NPR program!