Natural Population Decrease in the United States

Rural Development Perspectives 12/1991;

ABSTRACT During 1950-87, deaths outnumbered births in 1 or more years in 993 U.S. counties; 95 percent were nonmetro counties, mostly in Florida, central United States, and Appalachia. Because of such natural decrease of population combined with increased outmigration of young adults, these counties may undergo financial stress and have difficulty maintaining schools and other services. (Author/SV)

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