America’s Rural – Urban Economic Divide

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The political map of the US increasingly represents a divided America, and this political divide has roots in an increasing economic divide.

In brief – rural areas tend to have lower average incomes (though also cheaper rent) higher rates of unemployment, declining population, reliance on one major employer and more concentrated on the primary sector – farming, mining and commodity extraction.

Source: The Conversation 

By contrast, metropolitan urban areas have seen faster rates of population growth, higher levels of immigration, rising average incomes (though also rising rents) and have become magnets for large technological giants setting up business in these dense, heavily populated areas.

Source: Rural and Urban divide in America

The urban-rural divide can become exaggerated. For example,


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