You may find this interesting, if you want to have growth in rural cities, we need better internet. A new study has shown that access to broadband is great, but if the broadband is slow, your town may shrivel up and die off.
This is no joke. The National Housing Federation, in the UK, has put out a warning that the youngest members of our communities are leaving for larger cities because of better broadband internet.
So if you have thought that it was because they have more food choices, better concerts, more people and things to do, you are correct, but their study has shown, while jobs are more readily available and pay better (on average) than larger cities. Plus the cost of living is better, if the broadband internet isn’t very good, the younger generations will leave to where it is better.
At the end of the day, the internet has taken over our lives to a point where it is a necessity. The study has shown that even if someone has a job in a larger city, younger people will stay in their smaller communities and commute, IF the internet access is better.
Granted the study was done primarily in England, but the same statistics hold true in the USA, as well.
So how do we encourage more younger people to stay or move here? Better internet.
Iowa knows the phrase well from Field of Dreams…”If you build it, they will come”.