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Gallardo compares median household incomes in rural and urban areas

The recession of the late 2000s didn't help anyone, but median household incomes fell less in rural counties than in the cities, narrowing the gap between urban counties and those in the countryside.

Median family income in rural counties fell by $1,906, to $38,715 in 2010. That was a decline of 4.9 percent. Urban counties saw a decrease of $4,099, falling to $49,847 — a decline of 8.2%. The U.S. average fell $2,971, to $43,068. That's a 6.9 percent decline.

The smaller decrease in rural counties allowed them to catch up slightly with income in the cities. In 2000, the median family income in rural counties was 75.3 percent of that in urban counties. By 2010, the average median family income in rural counties was 77.7% of the cities.

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Bonnie Teater Award Nominations are Due April 1

Bonnie Teater Award Nominations are Due March 31

The Southern Rural Development Center is pleased to announce that nominations are being sought for the Bonnie Teater Community Development Educator Lifetime Achievement Award for 2014. This award will go to a distinguished individual with a superior lifetime work and who has made an important contribution to the Extension Community Development area.

Learn More    |    January 26, 2015

Phase V of SET Launching in January 2015

Stronger Economies Together, a partnership between Cooperative Extension Service, USDA RD, the four Regional Rural Development Centers, NIFA, and Purdue Center for Regional Development, is launching Phase V. SET V is taking a brand new approach based on an extensive review of the program. Significant improvements to engage participants has been made; a civic engagement module added which will increase stakeholder involvement and buy-in; and a more streamlined approach which reduces the number of modules and gives greater flexibility to adapt to the capacity of that region. Most importantly, significant time will be devoted to launching the plan into implementation.

Learn More    |    December 11, 2014

Understanding Communities: Online course offers tools for community development

Would you like to understand how communities work? Are you curious about why good ideas sometimes fall flat? Do you watch groups struggle to make decisions without adequate data? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions we invite you to register now for Understanding Communities and Their Dynamics.

Learn More    |    December 1, 2014

Rural America at a Glance, 2014 Edition

While urban employment now exceeds pre-recession levels, rural employment remains well below its 2007 peak. The total rural population has declined slightly for several years, as slowing natural population growth fails to offset net migration away from rural areas; this is the first time rural population declined since data became available in 1950 that could detect such a trend. This report highlights the most recent indicators of social and economic conditions in rural areas, focusing on the U.S. rural economy, including employment, poverty, and population trends.

Learn More    |    November 11, 2014