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Smaller Minnesota Cities Are Holding Up Well Economically.

Craig, William J. and Bruce Schwartau.

This follow-up to “Trade-Center Hierarchy in Greater Minnesota,” which appeared in the Fall/Winter 2011 CURA Reporter, uses a new data set from the Minnesota Department of Revenue that includes an additional 82 cities with populations ranging from 1,000 to 6,000 and sales-tax data for a wider range of goods and services. Analysis of this expanded data set provides a relatively complete picture of the smaller trade centers in Greater Minnesota and supports our earlier finding that smaller cities are doing well. Greater Minnesota cities, especially the smaller ones, have done well economically during the most recent 2003–2009 period, with nearly half experiencing an increase in economic activity during that time. This finding goes against the myth of rural decline and ghost towns

CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
42 (2): 20-25
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