Friday, June 3, 2016

The ratio of hogs to people in Keokuk County Iowa is 300:1

Source:  Wikipedia

Keokuk County to WaPo: Keep your people; we've got 3M hogs. (Des Moiens Register, 6/2/2016)
That pretty much sums up county official Michael Berg's response to Washington Post's Wonkblog story Wednesday that examined population decline across Keokuk County.
The headline of the piece was less than flattering: The places in America that already have their best days behind them. And the poster child WaPo held up for population loss? Southeast Iowa's own Keokuk County.

 Source:  Wikipedia

From the Wonkblog:  Note the concentration of counties in the center of the U.S.

Related reading:
The 20th Century Transformation of U.S. Agriculture and Farm Policy.  (U. S. Department of Agriculture)

Related posts:
Continuing population loss in rural Iowa results in many fewer school districts.  (5/19/2016)
Road trip to Iowa's 99 counties.  (2/2/2015)

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