Category: Rural Alabama

The Long Decline: Population Declines Hit Rural Counties

Population is declining in Alabama’s rural counties, particularly in the Black Belt, even as urban and suburban counties are growing.

As the population has dropped off, good-paying jobs have left. The population has gotten older and sicker, but hospitals have closed and doctors have left the area. With fewer students, schools have become fewer and farther between.

The Alabama Reflector investigated these issues and produced a three-part series:

The Long Decline: How Depopulation Hurts Alabama’s Rural Communities

The Long Decline: In Depopulating Counties, What Happens to Schools?

The Long Decline: Health Care Access Grows Difficult in Shrinking Rural Communities