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alsto:"A "rural brain drain" has been pulling college-educated people out of rural America and into urban areas, deepening an educational and political divide that is increasingly coming to define the country.

The average age of the U.S. rural population is going up, and the share of prime-working-age people is going down. Fewer people have college degrees, and more are unemployed."

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In 1900, one quarter of the US population lived on farms. One quarter.

Then industrialization happened big time. Kids left the farm for job opportunities. Farms got bigger and needed less labor. Large farm families didn't need 8 kids for around the farm work and larger farms and increased farm machinery reduced labor needs even more.

Heck, since 1900, kids have been leaving the farms - many into the military or industry. never to return home other than visit the parents.

Heck, I went off to college from suburban NJ. Nearly all my friends did too, and 95% of them did not move back to the Jersey suburbs. My two best friends moved to Boston and California. I wound up in Chicago suburbs for my job.

Now, rural America also has a massive drug problem. Not much to do, they get into drugs...... Rural OK is infested with meth addiction. Few can keep a job and most are on welfare and unemployment and other benefits.... not that there are a lot of decent jobs in rural OK outside the major cities.

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