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COUNTY TRENDS

The nation’s most urban counties continue to grow faster than any other county type according to the Census Bureau’s 2015 county population estimates. A Demo Memo analysis of 2010-to-2015 county population trends along the Rural-Urban Continuum documents strong metro growth and continuing rural decline.

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BROADBAND ACCESS PLATEAUS

The share of Americans with broadband at home has plateaued: It now stands at 67%, down slightly from 70% in 2013. At the same time, more Americans rely only on their smartphones for online access, a new Pew Research survey finds.

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LEAVING THE LAND OF LINCOLN

Illinois saw approximately 105,200 more people leaving the state than arriving. Of the 50 states, Illinois was the top population loser, new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau shows. “Businesses – especially manufacturers – are ignoring Illinois as a place to grow their companies because of the economic climate,” said Katherine Kelly, Gov. Bruce… read more

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VANISHING MIDDLE?

The hot topic on the campaign trail this year is the vanishing middle class; however, the middle class in agriculture has expanded over the past four decades. In 1971, 48% of farmers were classified as middle class; today it’s 53%, Pew Research says.

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PARENTING SURVEY

Parents with family incomes of $75,000 or higher are more than twice as likely as parents with incomes below $30,000 to say that too much parental involvement in education could be a bad thing (59% vs. 23%), according to a new report on parenting issues from Pew Research . The survey asks if too much parental involvement hurts… read more

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JAIL POPULATION RISES

While big-city jails get most of the attention, lockups in small and medium-sized counties have actually driven the overall explosion in the U.S. inmate population, according to a new analysis of 45 years of jail statistics. U.S. jails now hold nearly 700,000 inmates on any given day, up from 157,000 in 1970, as reported by… read more

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MIDDLE CLASS

Middle-income Americans are no longer the nation’s economic majority. In early 2015, there were 120.8 million adults in middle-income households, matched in number by the 121.3 million adults who were in lower- and upper-income households combined, Pew Research says.

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RURAL VIEW

More people are finding work but job totals in rural America remain below pre-recession levels, says the USDA in “Rural America at a Glance,” an annual digest of the rural economy. “Rural areas continue to experience population loss, higher poverty rates, and lower educational attainment than urban areas.”

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LOSING IN 2020

Illinois is very likely going to lose another congressional seat in the 2020 Census. Illinois currently has 18 House members — that would go to 17 in the next redistricting. In fact, many of the Northeast/Midwest states would lose seats to the Sun Belt states,  Daily Kos reports.

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OLDER WORKERS

Overall, 15.1% of men aged 65 or older work full-time, but the figure varies greatly by educational attainment. The more education you have, the more you work past 65.

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