And Leading the Way to Prosperity

Published: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 03:55 PM.

Southern Hospitality is back – and it looks alot like a small, traditional town that has kept to its knitting throughout the globalization trends and financial overreaches by the rest of the world.

Demographic Patterns – Trending from central city/suburb Megapolis to rurban/estate Micropolis

In 2000, the US Census Bureau was compelled to establish a new classification of the Micropolitan Statistical Area to account for significant phenomena that was noticeably distinct from the misleading labels of strictly “rural” or strictly “metropolitan.” This rogue class falls somewhere in between the two, and is acting in a different way from either – and yet draws its inspirations from both.

By 2010, there were 576 Micropolitan Areas designated – accounting for over 30 million people, or 10 percent of the nation’s population. These areas were either too commercial or industrial to be considered strictly rural, or they lacked the population to be considered urbane. And they were growing too quickly, visibly and distinctly to either ignore them or to label them incorrectly.

The concept of the budding ‘micropolis’ clearly warrants the separate attention, distinct credibility and apparent viability that it has already begun to command.

A slower lifestyle, expansive natural vistas, lower real estate and business overhead costs, less major crime, and higher civic engagement all attract former city dwellers, especially ones now concerned with raising their kids or grandkids.

Better educational opportunities, modern and technological infrastructure and conveniences, and higher employment potential likewise attracts more rural families while reassuring them with a requisite country-side feel.

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