Will pandemic and protests spur rural relocation?

Living in a rural central Illinois town (Toulon, pop. 1,400), I am alert to any forces that might spur relocation to hinterland communities, which are often struggling to maintain population and vitality. Are the pandemic and recent urban, sometimes violent protests such prompts? I conclude there might be some, modest movement to already attractive communities outside the metro regions.

Posted 6/30/20

All creatures great and small tend to move away from threats and to opportunity. Based on limited research, interviews with students of rural America and anecdotal illustrations, I conclude that the …

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