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Michigan Public Policy Survey: UP Local Government Leaders Most Likely to Report Housing Shortages

The Michigan Public Policy Survey recently published a UP-focused piece on housing shortages, based on data from their September 2023 survey.

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The Upper Peninsula of Wisconsin?

Dr. Russell Magnaghi’s latest article details the historical complexities and disputes that led to the attachment of the Upper Peninsula to the state of Michigan, instead of Wisconsin.

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Exploring the Latest Census Bureau Estimates of UP Population Change from 2020 to 2022

The latest article by Michael and John Broadway explores the complex demographic changes happening in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, and looks at the effects of population decline and growth on the region’s economy and environment.

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Student Research: Assessing Socioeconomic Trends and Disparities in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula

We have a new research paper to share, this time from NMU economics major and Rural Insights student researcher Jonah Sebranek along with David Haynes, assessing the counties in the UP along a number of socioeconomic factors.

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A Conversation with Representative David Prestin on Rural Issues, Veterans, Childcare, and Healthcare in the U.P.

In the latest episode of the Rural Insights Podcast, David Haynes and Rural Insights Student Researcher Brenna Musser talk to Representative David Prestin from the 108th House District. They discuss the top issues affecting the district, including the need for more opportunities, housing, and jobs to improve the quality of life in the Upper Peninsula.

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