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John Cromartie

Journal Publications by this Author



John Cromartie, a Geographer with the Rural Economy Branch in 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.

Professional Affiliations:

John is a member of the Association of American Geographers, the Population Association of America, and the Rural Sociological Society.

Selected Publications:

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 Service.

Brown, D.L. and J. Cromartie. 2004. Micropolitan Areas and the Measurement of American Urbanization. Population Research and Policy Review 23 (4):399-418.

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