Dr. Johnson moves beyond the existing literature on rural-urban population shifts during the past forty years to examine the effects of those shifts on the business infrastructure that supplies goods and services to rural areas in the United States. First establishing a historical demographic context to serve as a backdrop, he provides a detailed longitudinal treatment on the linkage between population change and the rural commercial infrastructure, as well as timely information on the impact of the recent rural population turnaround on business. Some of his findings, based on the latest data available, refute earlier expectations that a decrease in population necessarily leads to a decline in the local business community.
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Other Titles in This Series -- Foreword -- Preface -- Introduction -- Historical Population Trends in the Rural United States -- The Historical Impact of Population Change on Rural Retailing -- Population Trends and the Provision of Services in Rural Areas -- The Recent Revival of Nonmetropolitan Population Growth -- The Impact of the Population Turnaround on Nonmetropolitan Business -- Summary and Implications -- Appendix
Kenneth M. Johnson is an associate professor in the Department of Sociology at Loyola University of Chicago, where he teaches courses in demography, research methods, and statistics. Most of his research has focused on nonmetropolitan demographic trends and their impact on the local economic and organizational structure. Dr. Johnson is also a principal member of the Applied Demographic Research Group, which does demographic consulting for large corporations, including McDonald’s and Budget Rent a Car.