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Honored Advisor

Re: Depopulation - Who Cares

Blacksand, the depopulation is from both causes.  But a rural school that has 50 graduating kids and only maybe 5 or less stay in the community year after year, it`s adds up, no wonder the average age in a small town is 70. 

 

I don`t blame kids moving, unless their dad farms 10,000 acres their only option is work at a gas station for $12/hr or drive a feed truck for $18/hr, not much in between.  Not that there`s anything wrong with those jobs but does a person really see themselves driving a feed truck for 45 more years?  I know you play the hand you`re dealt in life, but these towns have "waited for Superman" for too long.

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Re: Depopulation - Who Cares

Critical mass is probably necessary to maintain some pretty good paying and fairly high skilled jobs that are hard to do from a physical distance.

 

Here are some jobs, some pay more and some less, that you need a minimum customer base to make a living.  Maybe somewhere there is a list of the customer base size needed to sustain:

 

Plumber, electrician, home repair/remodeling, snow removal, saloon

 

Work that doesn't travel all that well:  Concrete work, roofing, siding, trucking

 

You can probably think of many more.  At any given town or dense rural population size, more and more of these jobs will pop up and some pay OK and have good social standing.

 

Times have changed.  It used to be a church, movie theater, dance hall and so forth were part of the local scene but maybe not so much.

 

Let's face it; in the old days you neighbored with those who were close.  Nowadays, with the internet and social media, you neighbor with those you want to.

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Honored Advisor

Re: Depopulation - Who Cares

Yes, it seems that the kids who stay many have a dad that owns a plumbing business, they become the boss and hire iiiimigrants to do the sweat work.   And that`s the one`s who keep the schools full too.   It`s kind of a case where if you can`t move the factory where labor is cheap, then move the labor where the work is.   "move the mountain to Mohamad" if you will.   Smiley Happy

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