New Paper: Recent Population Changes in the U.P. Amidst the Pandemic
A new research paper by NMU professor and Rural Insights contributor Michael Broadway and NMU student and research assistant Joslin Brown looks at the population changes in the Upper Peninsula amidst the Covid pandemic.
The paper uses recently-available data from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on births and deaths and migration data from the IRS to give a picture of in-migration, out-migration, and population changes.
“The U.P.’s population is a constant state of flux. A falling birth rate means that counties are increasingly dependent upon in-migrants to maintain their population base and local economy. At the same time, deaths from Covid 19 are contributing to the region’s overall population decline.”
You can read the full paper on Rural Insights here: https://ruralinsights.org/content/publications/recent-population-changes-in-the-u-p-amidst-the-pandemic/