Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Award Date

1987

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Department

Sociology and Rural Studies

First Advisor

Linda Baer

Abstract

This study investigated relationships between nonmetropolitan net migration rates and selected demographic and employment characteristics in the Agricultural Western Plains Division of the West North Central Region, 1970-1980. This division comprises of the states of North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas. A case study of South Dakota was also conducted to identify the association between nonmetropolitan age-specific net migration rates and changes in selected employment characteristics, 1970-1980. The specific demographic variable was the ratio of males to females in the nonmetropolitan counties, while the employment variables included civilian labor force status, civilian labor force employed, and employment in each of the major industry groups. Data were collected and analyzed at the nonmetropolitan county group level. The nonmetropolitan counties were grouped according to their relationship to metropolitan counties and town size. Findings indicated that both net migration rates and age-specific net migration rates had differential contributions to changes in the independent variables examined.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Demography -- Middle West

Migration, Internal -- Middle West

Middle West -- Population density

Middle West -- Occupations

Format

application/pdf

Number of Pages

232

Publisher

South Dakota State University

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