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Hamilton, L. C., Hamilton, L.R., Duncan, C.M., and Colocousis, C.R. (2008). Place Matters: Challenges and Opportunities in Four Rural Americas. Carsey Institute, University of New Hampshire.

In the fall of 2007, researchers at the Carsey Institute at the University of New Hampshire completed the first stages of the Community and Environment in Rural America (CERA) survey. Nearly 8,000 residents in 19 carefully selected rural counties were interviewed in the comprehensive survey to determine their opinions, experiences, and attitudes about the changes occurring in their lives, the lives of their families, and in their communities. We examined rural life using socioeconomic, cultural, and demographic indicators as guides, rather than outdated notions of what “rural” is.

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