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Document Type

Article

Abstract

In the 1980s, the population of the United States increased by 22,219,000 people, or 9.8%. At the same time, the population of the state of lowa declined by 4.7%, meaning a loss of over 136,000 Iowans. Many experts blame the farm crisis of the 1980s for this population decline. As of 1998, only 20 of Iowa's 99 counties had experienced population growth since 1980. The purpose of this paper is to determine the factors that contributed to Iowa's population decline in the 1980s and what Iowans can do to stabilize their population in the years ahead. The focus of this paper will be on Iowa's rural counties, as classified by the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in 1989.

Publication Date

Spring 2000

Journal Title

Major Themes in Economics

Volume

2

Issue

1

First Page

21

Last Page

31

Copyright

©2000 by Major Themes in Economics

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Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 4.0 License.

Language

EN

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application/pdf

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Economics Commons

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