Rural migration: what attracts new residents to non-metropolitan areas.

Leigh J. Maynard, Timothy W. Kelsey, Robert J. Thee, Panajiotis Fousekis

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"This study uses the experience of three non-metropolitan counties in Pennsylvania to explore which community characteristics have the greatest influence on people's decisions to move to rural areas. Personal characteristics affected how in-migrants evaluated prospective rural residential locations. Higher income in-migrants placed a high priority on job opportunities, housing quality, a short commute to work, quality of schools, and low local taxes. Lower income in-migrants were more likely to value a location near family and friends. Ability to own a home, housing costs, and local taxes were also important." excerpt

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)131-141
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of the Community Development Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1997

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)


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