Economic Research Report No. (ERR-185) 37 pp

May 2015

Factors Affecting Former Residents' Returning to Rural Communities

This study reports on reasons for returning and not returning to small-town America and the impacts that return migrants make on their home communities. Interviews at high school reunions show that return migrants are primarily motivated by family considerations. They use skills and experiences acquired elsewhere to start businesses and fill leadership positions. View the webinar, "Coming Home: Why Some Return to Rural Communities and Some Do Not, and What Difference It Makes."

Keywords: migration, return migration, qualitative research, high school reunions, rural America, rural development, life-cycle migration, population decline

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Last updated: Thursday, May 21, 2015

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