On The Mark: Rural counties win in recruiting workers


October 8, 2021

Some years ago, I reported on the success of Carlton and Aitkin counties in attracting new residents. University of Minnesota researchers found that for the period 2000-2010, these two counties gained more people than they lost to death or outmigration. Both counties were among the highest net gainers through net in-migration.

Although many young people moved out of these counties after high school to find jobs elsewhere, substantial numbers of people aged 30 to 70 moved in, including families with school-aged children. Both counties also welcomed newcomers between the ages of 55 and 69, inclu...

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