Americans Are Migrating To Rural Counties

ARCHER COUNTY, Tex., the place that "The Last Picture Show" made into a symbol of the decline of small-town life in the 1950’s, is growing.

New houses line the farm roads that lead north into Wichita Falls, the nearest city, and arrivers now outnumber leavers at a level that puts its rate of influx in the top 10 percent of American counties.

"For $250,000 or $300,000, you can live in a big house," said Paul Wylie, the county judge.

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Americans pick up and move to someplace new, and they are increasingly choosing places like Archer County.


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Yuma a sizzling hot spot
Best known for high unemployment, high temperatures, this Arizona border city is booming

Craig Harris
The Arizona Republic

With a bustling open-air mall off Interstate 8, a booming housing market and an $80 million riverfront hotel and condominium project in the works, this isn’t your father’s Yuma.

Long considered a pit stop between Phoenix and San Diego, this border city nestled along the Colorado River is experiencing an economic comeback.

"There is a lot more strength in the Yuma economy than people realize," said Charles Flynn, who is involved with the riverfront project as executive director of the Yuma Crossings National Heritage Area.

"We are under no illusion about the image that others in Arizona may have about Yuma, but this (riverfront) project is intended to transform that."

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