Many small and rural places are shrinking, but this is not the only story to tell.

Some communities continue to thrive as they lose population because they adapt and stay focused on quality of life, community services, and investing in the future. This is what we call rural smart shrinkage. With funding from the National Science Foundation, our research team is developing strategies and sharing examples of successful shrink-smart towns to help similar communities to improve quality of life for their residents.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant Number #1952007. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.