Stemming the outflow of young people from America's countryside has been a topic of great concern to rural leaders for decades. Many recognize that ultimately the renewal and vitality of rural America relies on attracting more young adults and families to rural communities. An examination of over 40,000 rural middle school through high school students' perspectives on their hometowns and their futures, gathered from across the United States, suggests that young people themselves may provide tangible answers.
In short, many youth would prefer to stay or return to their hometowns, especially if there are viable career opportunities available.
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