John Cromartie, a geographer with the Resource and Rural
Economics Division, conducts research on rural migration,
population distribution, and the effects of demographic change on
rural well-being. As an expert on rural definitions, John has
developed new classification schemes and briefed policymakers on
definitions used in USDA's rural development programs. He serves as
a consultant to the Office of Management and Budget on metropolitan
area definitions and the American Community Survey. John is
visiting lecturer in the Department of Geography, George Washington
University, where he teaches a class on Population Geography.
John holds a Ph.D. in Geography from the University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill.
John is a member of the Association of American Geographers, the
Population Association of America, and the Rural Sociological
von Reichert, C., Cromartie, J., Arthun, R. 2011. Returning Home
and Making a Living: Employment Strategies of Return Migrants to
Rural U.S. Communities. Journal of Rural and Community
Development 6 (2), pp. 35-52.
McGranahan, D., Cromartie, J., Wojan, T. 2010. Nonmetropolitan Outmigration Counties: Some Are
Poor, Many Are Prosperous. Economic Research Report, ERR-107,
Economic Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture,
November, 29 pp.
McGranahan, D., Cromartie, J., Wojan, T. 2010. The Two Faces of Rural Population Loss Through
Outmigration. Amber Waves 8 (4), pp. 38-45.
Cromartie, J., Nelson, P. 2009. Baby Boom Migration Tilts Toward Rural
America. Amber Waves 7 (3), pp. 16-21.
Stenberg, P., Morehart, M., Vogel, S., Cromartie, J., Breneman,
V., Brown. B. 2009. Broadband Internet's Value for Rural America.
Economic Research Report, ERR-78, Economic Research Service, U.S.
Department of Agriculture, August, 62 pp.
Cromartie, J., Nelson, P. 2009. Baby Boom Migration and Its Impact on Rural
America. Economic Research Report, ERR-79, Economic Research
Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, August, 30 pp.
Cromartie, J., Bucholtz, S. 2008. Defining the 'Rural' in Rural America.
Amber Waves 6 (3), pp. 28-34.
Weber, B.; Marre, A.; Fisher, M.; Gibbs, R.; and J. Cromartie.
2007. Education's Effect on Poverty: The Role of Migration.
Review of Agricultural Economics 29 (3): 437-445.
Brown, R. and J. Cromartie. 2006. Black Homeplace Migration to
the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta: Ambiguous Journeys, Uncertain
Outcomes. Southeastern Geographer 46 (2): 189-214.
Gibbs, R., L. Kusmin, and J. Cromartie. 2004. Low-Skill Jobs: A Shrinking Share of the Rural
Economy. Amber Waves 2 (5):38-44.
Kandel, W. and J. Cromartie. New Patterns of Hispanic Settlement in Rural
America. 2004. Rural Development Research Report No. 99.
Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Economic Research
Brown, D.L. and J. Cromartie. 2004. Micropolitan Areas and the Measurement of American
Urbanization. Population Research and Policy Review 23