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Document Type

Thesis - University Access Only

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Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)

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First Advisor

Charles F. Gritzner


This paper presents a study of the nonfarm population in three eastern South Dakota townships (Benton Township, Minnehaha County; Afton Township, Brookings County; and Orient Township, Faulk County). The objective of this study is to examine selected characteristics of the rural nonfarm population in the three selected townships, and attempt to examine how they reflect larger national trends. Understanding the rural nonfarm population is important, because with the arrival of the exurban migrant there come new challenges to rural areas. The new arrivals may demand dissimilar services, or may seek changes that are at odds with their more traditional rural neighbors. It is important to study the exurban population now while their numbers are still relatively small. A better understanding of this segment of our population can be beneficial to geographers, planners, economists, entrepreneurs, and others who realize that a changing rural population will bring new challenges, and new opportunities.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Rural population -- South Dakota
Country life -- South Dakota -- Minnehaha County
Country life -- South Dakota -- Brookings County
Country life -- South Dakota -- Faulk County




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