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J Community Dev Soc. 1997;28(1):131-41.

Rural migration: what attracts new residents to non-metropolitan areas.

Abstract

"This study uses the experience of three non-metropolitan counties in Pennsylvania to explore which community characteristics have the greatest influence on people's decisions to move to rural areas. Personal characteristics affected how in-migrants evaluated prospective rural residential locations. Higher income in-migrants placed a high priority on job opportunities, housing quality, a short commute to work, quality of schools, and low local taxes. Lower income in-migrants were more likely to value a location near family and friends. Ability to own a home, housing costs, and local taxes were also important."

PMID:
12292971
DOI:
10.1080/15575339709489799
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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