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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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POPULATION TRENDS

A new Pew Research Center study finds Asians will surpass Hispanics as the largest foreign-born group in the U.S. by 2055. Immigration will account for 88% of U.S. population growth over next 50 years.

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LIVING ALONE

The number of people who live alone has surpassed the number of married couples without children at home, making lone living the most common household type in the United States.

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RURAL POVERTY

1 out of every 6 rural Americans – more than 8.2 million people – lives in poverty, according to a report by the Census Bureau. The rural poverty rate of 16.5% for 2014 was not statistically different than the 2013 rate.

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CHANGING POLITICS

Political pundits mistakenly characterize rural America as politically one-dimensional, but those who do fail to understand important demographic changes that can impact the 2016 elections. A new report finds rural Americans are becoming more politically diverse.

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WHO’S WELL OFF

On a global scale, the vast majority of Americans are either upper-middle income or high income. And many Americans who are classified as “poor” by the U.S. government would be middle income globally, according to a new Pew Research Center analysis.

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NON-METRO LOSS

Earlier this week, we told you about the general population loss in non-metro rural counties.  In Illinois, only 2 non-metro counties in the state saw population growth between 2010 and 2014.  They are Warren and Effingham counties.  

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DROUGHT IMPACTS

More than half the nation’s population growth since 2000 has occurred in drought-stricken areas of the United States, according to a study by the Brookings Institution. Among the 10 counties with the biggest population gain over the time period, 7 are experiencing drought.

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