22 Rural Demography

Katherine J. Curtis, László J. Kulcsár

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The world is becoming more urban, so what makes the study of rural demography relevant today? In this chapter, we argue that more than population numbers and percentages are involved in understanding rural demography. Local economies, the organization of institutions, and distinctions in norms, values, and lifestyles can result in divergent demographic dynamics and patterns in migration, family formation, and aging across the rural-urban gradient. As a first task, we consider how to best conceptualize rural populations. We then focus on theoretical and substantive issues confronting rural populations in the United States, highlighting compelling demographic research already pursued and identifying several emerging topics that require critical attention by demographers in the years ahead.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHandbooks of Sociology and Social Research
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages19
StatePublished - 2019

Publication series

NameHandbooks of Sociology and Social Research
ISSN (Print)1389-6903
ISSN (Electronic)2542-839X

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)


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