Demographic Change in Nonmetropolitan America, 1980 to 19901

Academic Article


  • Abstract Between 1980 and 1990, the nonmetropolitan population grew by 3.7 percent. Natural increase accounted for the entire population gain, offsetting a small migration loss (1.7%). A significant net loss of young adults from nonmetropolitan areas was only partially offset by an influx of older adults. The net gain through natural increase was small by historical standards and natural decrease became more common. The demographic trends of the 1980s were neither a repeat of the turnaround of the 1970s nor a reversion to historical patterns. Rather, they straddled the trends of the two preceding periods. These findings provide the demographic groundwork for future theoretical development. The policy implications of such population redistribution and demographic compositional shifts also are considered.
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • September 1993
  • Has Subject Area


  • 2.4 Surveillance and distribution
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 347
  • End Page

  • 365
  • Volume

  • 58
  • Issue

  • 3