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Episode 01: It's not your grandpa's rural

What's attracting people to small towns?

Ben Wincheseter

We often hear that small, rural communities are disappearing. Ben Winchester, senior research fellow for U of M Extension's Center for Community Vitality, joins us to talk about what is actually happening.

According to Ben's research, rural communities are strong and attracting new people every year. We talk about trends in migration and how the story your community tells can draw in people who are looking for a small town lifestyle.


Episode host(s)

  • Ben Winchester, senior research fellow
    University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Community Vitality
  • Christy Kallevig, Extension educator
    University of Minnesota Extension, Center for Community Vitality


Learn more

Read the latest blog that explores more of the research Ben discussed during his interview.


Read this episode's conversation below.


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