Muskie School of Public Service

Changing Times: Shifting Rural Landscapes


While somewhat less than 20% of all Americans currently live in rural areas and small towns, that population is spread across approximately 90% of the country’s landmass. The rural sector is dispersed very sparsely across vast areas and in many different types of settlements and communities in the open country, on the fringes of expanding metropolitan areas, and in every region of the nation. Though difficult to generalize about such a diverse and heterodox landscape, this article attempts to describe the national rural land base and then discuss in greater detail the rural landscape of northern New England.

Suggested Citation: Lapping MB, Guay SL. Changing Times: Shifting Rural Landscapes. Vermont Journal of Environmental Law. 2014;15(1):103-123.

Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Publish Date: 
February 1, 2014