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The Nebraska Roots Migration Survey: Rural-Urban Divide

Authors: Andrew Husa*, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Topics: Rural Geography
Keywords: Urban, Rural, Demographics, Mobility, Nebraska
Session Type: Paper
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The purpose of the Nebraska Roots Migration Survey research is to better understand the factors that influence Nebraskans to stay, leave, or move back to Nebraska. Survey respondents were asked to select all of the factors that influenced them to remain in, leave, or return to Nebraska from a list of potential factors. In addition to selecting factors from a list of possibilities, the survey asked respondents to explain in their own words why they decided to stay, leave, or return. The paper compares and contrasts the results of respondents from urban and rural areas.

The Nebraska Roots Migration Survey consists of 835 (46%) rural responses and 992 (54%) urban responses. These responses are broken into three categories based on whether respondents identified as stayers, leavers, or returnees. There is a clear divide with urban respondents emphasizing more dynamic and impersonal factors, while rural respondents valued stable values, such as family and community.

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