High school graduates might leave rural areas for college and jobs in the big city, but more are coming back with college degrees, careers, professional contacts, and young families. Still others with these credentials are moving to rural communities for the first time. Extension's demographic research, publications, and perspectives on this brain gain can help community leaders consider what this means for their rural area. A report on the 2010 census data shows that this trend is continuing.
What is the trend?
- View a webinar: Randy Cantrell and Ben Winchester discuss the brain gain in Minnesota and Nebraska. 59 minutes, 30 seconds. Narrated Adobe presentation.
- Continuing the Trend: The Brain Gain of the Newcomers (1.47 MB PDF)
- Rural Migration: The Brain Gain of the Newcomers (170 K PDF)
- The Glass Half Full: A New View of Rural Minnesota
(1.46 MB PDF)
Researching the trend
- Economic Impact of New Residents - Overview (365 KB PDF)
- Economic Impact of New Residents - Full report (440 KB PDF)
- Regional Recruitment: Strategies to Attract and Retain Newcomers (3.44 MB PDF)
- New Residents Survey Summary of Results (672 KB PDF)
Brain gain in the news
- Rural area attracting younger residents
- Itasca County brain gain
- Local residents discuss reversing 'brain drain'
- Many rural counties, including in the Dakotas, are seeing a 'brain gain' trend
- Rural newcomers: Young, educated, there by choice
- Brain gain or drain?
- TPT Almanac Program
- Don't believe what you've heard about brain drain: Rural America's been gaining young, smart adults
- Finding a Brain Gain
- New University research disproves the myth of rural 'brain drain'
- Brain Gain Stories on MPR's Ground Level
- A rural brain gain Worthington Daily Globe
(includes local data)
- Some urban adults returning to rural Minnesota
- Rural Minnesota counties still seeing brain gain
(yes, with a "g")
Resources for communitiesGet newcomers involved in rural Minnesota
Research fellow Ben Winchester is interviewed about rural brain gain.
Produced by Lakeland Public Television
An article from the fedgazette
by David Fettig
Courtesy of the Granite Falls-Clarkfield Advocate Tribune. Scott Tedrick, Editor
MPR's Public Insight Network shares their perspectives
Gregg Aamot shares his perspective on rural towns in a MinnPost.com article.
An article from MinnPost.com
by Gregg Aamot
Perspectives from blogger Shannon Latham in The Field Position