Rural migration: what attracts new residents to non-metropolitan areas

J Community Dev Soc. 1997;28(1):131-41. doi: 10.1080/15575339709489799.


"This study uses the experience of three non-metropolitan counties in Pennsylvania to explore which community characteristics have the greatest influence on people's decisions to move to rural areas. Personal characteristics affected how in-migrants evaluated prospective rural residential locations. Higher income in-migrants placed a high priority on job opportunities, housing quality, a short commute to work, quality of schools, and low local taxes. Lower income in-migrants were more likely to value a location near family and friends. Ability to own a home, housing costs, and local taxes were also important."

MeSH terms

  • Americas
  • Behavior
  • Decision Making*
  • Demography
  • Developed Countries
  • Economics*
  • Emigration and Immigration
  • Geography
  • Income*
  • North America
  • Pennsylvania
  • Population
  • Population Dynamics*
  • Residence Characteristics*
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • United States