I’ve linked to the blog Daily Yonder in the past; anyone interested in a broad survey of rural issues should check them out. Here’s a helpful post that compiles census data to look at population growth and decline in rural America. As a bonus, the crew over at MPR has done a similar post focusing solely on Minnesota and produced the map below; you can read the full post here.
I was surprised to see that Chippewa County is still showing a natural increase in population that does not appear to be the result of in-migration, since this contradicts information the Minnesota State Demographic center compiled from the 2010 census.
Image credits: Daily Yonder and MPR.