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Old 11-01-2009, 04:08 AM
 
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Monroe County comprises the Florida Keys. The cost of living there has skyrocketed due to massive hurricane insurance increases. I would also think that lower income people have been completely priced out of the area and have moved to take jobs in other areas of FL where COL is more affordable.
That is correct and the people who are in the service economy in the Keys can no longer afford to live there. Rents, gas, grocercies are astronomical compared to the mainland. The cost of living is very high for somebody making minimum wage.
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Old 11-01-2009, 04:31 PM
 
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Nassau, NY is losing population?

but I think they are moving east into Suffolk County. In NY State, Orange, Saratoga, Tompkins and Jefferson Counties are actually growing.
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Old 11-01-2009, 04:45 PM
 
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One thing I wanted to note here about my own state. Once in a while you see a troll say that New York State is dying, upstate in particular. Or they say there is nothing in NYS outside of Manhattan.

If you look at the map there are some blue counties that are losing population, notably Erie (Buffalo) and Niagara. But MOST New York counties, including upstate counties have small gains. These gains are small I agree, but it shows that most of the state is not dying.
Exactly and i noted some of the counties that are actually growing. I think Clinton is another county that is growing a bit too. Smaller cities in Upstate NY like: Ithaca, Saratoga Springs, Plattsburgh, Watertown and Middletown, among a few others, have actually grown recently.
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Old 11-01-2009, 04:47 PM
 
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A lot of those rural counties in Nebraska and the Dakotas had very few people to begin with. Sometimes in the very low thousands or even the high hundreds. It doesn't take many move-outs to send the numbers into a tailspin.

The character of agriculture changed. It used to take the infrastructure provided by a small town to support an area's farms. Farmers were local; they needed a place to buy machinery, bring their produce, attend livestock auctions, and so on.

A huge corporate agribusiness setup is more self-contained. You don't need dozens of people scattered around the countryside in small farmhouses. You can have machinery trucked in by interstate and highway and access road from hundreds of miles away. You don't need to buy provisions at the town's general store, or send your kids to the local schoolhouse.

As a result, those places slowly evaporate. They age. Services exit.

If you want to see this effect in action, take Highway 26 from where it exits Interstate 25 (west of Denver, in eastern Colorado) and then turn north on Highway 385 at Bridgeport, Nebraska. Head north until you reach the town of Alliance, then head east on Highway 2. Continue bearing east on Highway 91, until you hit Interstate 29 in Iowa.

Over the course of hundreds of miles, passing through only a handful of very small towns, you will get a good sense of the isolation that exists out there. And if you stop and talk with some of the local storeowners or old-timers, they'll tell you all about how things have changed.

I once had a five-hour conversation and tasty dinner with an elderly gentleman and his wife in the vanishing town of Arthur, Nebraska (along Highway 61, a bit more than 30 miles south of Highway 2). Arthur used to have a few hundred people; it currently has around 100, or a few more. It is the county seat of Arthur County. Arthur County is about 1/2 the size of Rhode Island, and it has about 400 people.

If you are a younger person... what is there for you? What can you do there?

Well, you move to Omaha...
Or Lincoln, Denver, Des Moines, Oklahoma City, Colorado Springs, etc.....
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Old 11-01-2009, 04:49 PM
 
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I have also heard postive things about Syracuse and Troy. The Capitol District is growing, especially Saratoga County. Also the Rochester area is holding steady, although maybe not the city itself as much yet.
That is true too. You get people that move to the area, but decide to live in the suburbs of those areas. That is the case with many of the Upstate metro areas.
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