The London Financial Times ran a story on the decline in rural population. It promoted the story as if it were relevant. It isn’t.
There was an increase of 134,000 people in rural areas last year. But 179,000 moved out. We are talking fewer than 50,000 people in a nation of 310,000,000. In short, marginal.
About 15% of the population lives on 72% of the land. This has not changed in a generation. The shift began about 200 years ago.
Young people prefer urban life. “How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm, after they’ve seen Paree?” a World War I song asked. You aren’t. They didn’t.
There a lot of rural counties out there which are ripe for a systematic take-over by conservatives. But no one really cares.
It is possible they enjoy urban entertainment in rural areas. The Web is available by satellite if necessary. But people don’t care. They don’t like rural living. When they can get out, they do.
This story is not important as news. It is important as confirmation. The trend has not changed.